Lab Members

David Chen

Graduate Student Email: david.chen@cshs.org

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David Chen graduated from Duke University with a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering. He is currently a doctoral student in the biomedical engineering program at Northwestern University. Chen joined the Li Laboratory in 2009 to gain experience in the unique challenges posed by, and the potential application of, cardiac MRI. His current research interests are in quantifying myocardial blood flow using magnetic resonance perfusion imaging.

Zixin Deng

Graduate Student Email: zixin.deng@cshs.org

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Zixin Deng received her bachelor of science in biomedical engineering at the University of California, Irvine, with specialization in biophotonics. She is currently a doctoral student at the UCLA, studying bioengineering/biomedical signals and image processing. Her current research interest is in the development of novel MRI techniques. She has been working specifically in applications such as cardiovascular disease and radiotherapy planning for abdominal cancer.

Christopher Nguyen, PhD

Project Scientist Email: christopher.nguyen@cshs.org

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Christopher Nguyen, PhD, received his bachelor of science in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on applying diffusion MRI in the brain. He went on to obtain his master’s degree and doctorate in biomedical engineering from UCLA, developing clinically translatable diffusion MRI techniques to image the heart and abdomen. He completed his postdoctoral training in 2016 at Cedar-Sinai under the mentorship of Debiao Li, PhD.

Nguyen's research focuses on developing novel in vivo diffusion MRI techniques in the heart to interrogate the myocardial fiber architecture by characterizing the tissue microstructure. He is applying this technique to evaluate stem cell therapy, as well as risk stratify heart failure patients working alongside Cedars-Sinai cardiologists, Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, and Jon Kobashigawa, MD. Nguyen also focuses on translating his novel cardiac diffusion MRI techniques to other parts of the body such as the prostate to provide novel cancer imaging approaches. In collaboration with the Cedars-Sinai urologist, Hyung Kim, MD, Nguyen has developed a high-resolution diffusion MRI technique that targets early detection of prostate cancer in active surveillance patients.

Jianing Pang

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: jianing.pang@cshs.org

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Jianing Pang, PhD, received his bachelor of science in physics from Peking University and subsequently joined the Li Laboratory while pursuing his doctorate in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University. His current effort is to develop a high resolution, fast and robust coronary magnetic resonance imaging technique that is also user-friendly and clinically feasible. After receiving his doctorate, Pang joined the Li Laboratory as a postdoctoral scientist.

Jaime Shaw

Graduate Student Email: jaime.shaw@cshs.org

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Jaime Shaw received her bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Boston University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in bioengineering at UCLA, conducting research under Debiao Li, PhD. Shaw's current research in cardiovascular MRI focuses on tissue characterization through T1 mapping. The goal of her research is to improve current methods for myocardial tissue characterization with 3D, whole-heart T1 mapping without the use of breath-holds or ECG gating. In her free time Jaime is an avid reader, hiker, and baker, and enjoys playing with her dog Buddha.

Yibin Xie, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: yibin.xie@cshs.org

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Yibin Xie, PhD, received his bachelor's degree from Zhejiang University, master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and doctorate from the UCLA, all in biomedical engineering. Xie is currently a postdoctoral scientist at Cedars-Sinai with research interests in vessel wall imaging, coronary artery imaging and diffusion weighted imaging. His current research in the Li Laboratory includes vascular imaging and hyperpolarized MRI.

Zhengwei Jenny Zhou

Graduate Student Email: zhengwei.zhou@cshs.org

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Zhengwei Jenny Zhou completed her undergraduate at Tsinghua University with a bachelor's of engineering in biomedical engineering. She mainly focuses on fast MRI imaging. Zhou is currently a doctoral student in the bioengineering program at the UCLA.