Lab Members

Zhaoyang Fan, PhD

Zhaoyang Fan, PhD

Assistant Professor Email: zhaoyang.fan@cshs.org

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Zhaoyang Fan, PhD, received his BS in Engineering Physics from Tsinghua University, his MS in Medical Physics from McMaster University and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. His dissertation was focused on technological developments in non-contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of peripheral artery lumen and wall, under the direction of Debiao Li, PhD. His current research interest is in using MRI to investigate atherosclerotic plaques in major arterial vessels such as coronary and carotid arteries. Fan also serves as Technical Director of the 3-Tesla MRI system in the Research Imaging Core.

Behzad Sharif, PhD

Assistant Professor; Faculty Research Scientist Email: behzad.sharif@cshs.org

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Behzad Sharif, PhD, received his doctorate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research involves developing MRI-based biomarkers that accurately characterize myocardial blood flow abnormalities and applying them in diagnostic/mechanistic studies of ischemic heart disease with a focus on coronary microvascular/endothelial dysfunction. For more information, please refer to Sharif's bio webpage in the Cedars-Sinai investigator directory.

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 PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering program at Northwestern University, and joined the Li Laboratory in 2009 because of the unique challenges posed by, and the potential application of Cardiac MRI. His current research interests lies in quantifying myocardial blood flow using MR perfusion imaging.

Zixin Deng

Graduate Student Email: zixin.deng@cshs.org

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Zixin Deng received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, with a specialization in Biophotonics. She is currently a PhD student at the University of California, Los Angeles studying Bioengineering / Biomedical signals and image processing subfield. Her current research interest is in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Chris Nguyen

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: christopher.nguyen@cshs.org

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Chris Nguyen completed his undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering, focusing on applying diffusion MRI in the brain. He continued that research for one year as a Staff Research Associate at University of California, San Francisco in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging before pursuing his PhD at UCLA in Biomedical Engineering. His current research interests include extracranial applications of diffusion MRI namely in the kidneys, prostate, liver, and heart.

Jianing Pang

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: jianing.pang@cshs.org

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Jianing Pang received his bachelor of science in Physics from Peking University and subsequently joined the Li Laboratory while pursuing his PhD 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 PhD in September 2014, Pang joined Debiao Li's 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 degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University. After taking a year off to teach children basic reading skills with AmeriCorps, she worked as a Research Assistant with the Cardiac MR Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Shaw is currently a PhD student in Bioengineering at UCLA and her research interests include cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging.

Yibin Xie

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: yibin.xie@cshs.org

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Yibin Xie received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Zhejiang University and then completed his Master's of Science in the Biomedical Engineering program at Johns Hopkins University, where he developed methods for imaging stem cells using MRI to treat vascular diseases. He is currently a PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering program UCLA. Xie's current research interests include 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, where she mainly focuses on fast MRI imaging. She is currently a PhD student in the Bioengineering program at UCLA.