Jun Hua, Ph.D.

Dr. Jun Hua
Jun Hua
Research Scientist, FM Kirby Center

Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 North Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (443) 923-9551
Email: jhua1@jhu.edu

Dr. Hua is a research associate in the F.M. Kirby Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He also holds a joint appointment as a research associate in the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins University.


Biographical Sketch:

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 associate in Dr. Peter van Zijl's group in the F.M. Kirby Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute.


Research Summary:

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.