Biographical Sketch

Guanshu Liu, PhD, is an associatepProfessor in the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and F.M. Kirby Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Liu received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1998 and Ph.D. degree from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in 2008. He then joined the Department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins University School Medicine first as a Research Associate under the supervision of Dr. Peter van Zijl, and then instructor (2010 - 2012), Assistant Professor (2013 - 2017), and Associate Professor (2017-present).  Dr. Liu is the PI for a number of projects sponsored by NIH (R01, R21, R03) and NMSS, and the recipient of Johns Hopkins Discovery Award in 2016. He frequently chairs sessions at national and international meetings and also is a frequent reviewer for cancer and imaging journals. He has been a grant reviewer for NIH, the Italian Ministry of Health, and the French “PRESTIGE” program. Dr. Liu served on Annual Meeting Program Committees of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) from 2014-2017.

Research Summary

Dr. Guanshu Liu has been primarily working on developing new MR molecular imaging probes and technologies and exploring their applications in disease diagnosis and treatment monitoring. He has a broad interest in biomedical imaging, nanomedicine and chemistry. Currently, his researches focus on 1) Precision imaging of cancer and other diseases; 2) Theranostics for cancer and other diseases; 3) Multifunctional nanoparticles & biomaterials; and 4) imaging guidance for regenerative medicine.

Contact Information

Office Address
F.M. Kirby Center, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University
707 N. Broadway, Baltimore MD 21205

Email Address 

Phone Number 
(443) 923-2751

Curriculum Vitae

  • Current Appointments
    • Affiliated Faculty, F. M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging 
      12/2012 - Present 
      Instructor: 2010-2012 
      Research Associate: 2008 - 2009 
      Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science 
      12/2012 - Present 
      Instructor: 2010-2012 
      Research Associate: 2008 - 2009 
      Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Education and Training
    • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2004-2008
    • M.S., Analytical Chemistry, University of Missouri-Rolla, 2001-2003 
    • M.S., Photochemistry and Photobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1998-2001
    • B.S., Applied Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, 1993-1998 


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