Biographical Sketch

Dr. Hua received his master's (2005) and doctoral (2009) degrees in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. 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. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Radiology at the Johns Hopkins University from 2009 to 2010, Dr. Hua became a faculty research associate (2011-2013) and instructor (2013) in the F.M. Kirby Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute. In 2014, Dr. Hua was promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Research Summary

Dr. Hua's research focuses on the development of novel MRI technologies for in vivo functional, neurovascular and metabolic imaging in the brain, especially on high magnetic field (7 Tesla) human MRI scanners. In addition, he is also interested in novel MRI contrasts, such as chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST). Using these techniques, he is working on understanding the physiological mechanisms of the functional MRI signals during brain activities in healthy subjects, as well as in neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington?s disease, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and brain tumors. 

Contact Information

Office Address 
The F. M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging 
707 N. Broadway, Room G-25 
Baltimore, MD 21205 

Contact: Heather Mackey, 443-923-9500

Curriculum Vitae

  • Current Appointments
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology 
      2014 - Present 
      FM Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging 
      Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology 
      2014 - Present 
      Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Education and Training
    • PhD, Electrical Engineering 
      2005-2009 
      The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.
    • MSE, Biomedical Engineering
    • 2003-2005 
      The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.
    • MS 
      2001-2003 
      Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China P.R.
    • BS 
      1996-2000 
      University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China P.R.
  • Previous Professional Experience
    • Instructor 
      2013 
      Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A. 
      F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging, Kennedy Krieger Institute
    • Research Associate 
      2011-2013 
      Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A. 
      F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging, Kennedy Krieger Institute
    • Post-Doctoral Fellow 
      2009-2010 
      Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A. 
      F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging, Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Editorial Activities
    • Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (MRM)
    • NMR in Biomedicine
    • Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (JMRI)
    • Neuroimage
    • Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (JCBFM)/li>
    • Human Brain Mapping (HBM)/li>
    • Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine (MAGMA)/li>
    • IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering/li>
    • Brain Connectivity/li>
  • Affiliations
    • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
    • International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (ISCBFM)
    • Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)
    • Sigma Xi, full member

Publications

For a list of Dr. Hua's most recent publications searched from the NIH's PubMed Database, please use this Search Link.