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Dr. Jun Hua

Research Associate
The Johns Hopkins University
Kirby Center, KKI, 707 N Broadway, Baltimore MD

Brief Biography:

Dr. Hua began working in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 2003. He received his master's (2005) and doctoral (2009) degrees in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hua completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Radiology at the Johns Hopkins University from 2009 to 2010. He is currently a research scientist in the F.M. Kirby Research Centerat Kennedy Krieger Institute, and the Department of Radiology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute.


Academic positions:

Research Scientist
Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology
Johns Hopkins Medical Institute
F.M. Kirby Research Center
Kennedy Krieger Institute


Research interests:

Dr. Hua's long-term career goal is to design and apply novel imaging technologies to advance understanding of brain function in normal and disease conditions. His doctoral training centered on the development of novel MRI technologies for in vivo physiological imaging in the brain, such as protein content and cerebral blood volume. During his post-doctoral training, he worked primarily on developing high magnetic field (7 Tesla) MRI methods to measure cerebral perfusion, and quantifying cerebral oxygen metabolism using such measurements in humans, in order to investigate the hemodynamic and metabolic changes in normal brain during functional activation. He is also interested in novel MRI contrasts, such as chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST). His ongoing work is focused on applying these techniques to: (1) map cerebrovascular reactivity to mild hypercapnia for pre-surgical planning in brain tumor patients and (2) detect metabolic abnormalities in the cortex in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Huntingdon's disease and schizophrenia.


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