David C. Zhu
Ph.D., 1999, University of California, Davis
Associate Professor, Depts of Psychology and Radiology
He has a strong interest in MR imaging technique development and functional MRI applications. He has over ten years of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research experience, especially in MRI physics and engineering. He developed his expertise in MRI during his graduate research and his subsequent work at GE Medical Systems. During his graduate research, he developed high-resolution echo planar imaging, arterial spin labeling and phase contrast pulse sequences, and associated analytical techniques for clinical applications.
At GE Medical Systems, he worked on various MR methodology developments, including fast spin echo imaging and fast volumetric imaging. He also participated in the development of the new EXCITE MR system. While he was a research faculty member at the University of Chicago, he continued his research in MR imaging techniques, specifically, spiral imaging for functional MRI (fMRI) applications, T1 mapping of the brain and the quantification of cerebrospinal fluid dynamics for the study of hydrocephalus. He also expanded his interest to fMRI applications.
He is currently a faculty member at Michigan State University. He is collaborating with clinical experts to develop MRI techniques to detect and characterize plaques at the carotid artery, and with psychologists and neuroscientists to apply fMRI and other neuroimaging methods to study visual cognition, attention, language processing, social cognition, normal aging and Alzheimer disease.
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