Professor, Department of Radiology
Phone: 410-955-1431
600 N. Wolfe Street, Park 322
Baltimore, MD 21287
United States


Research Departments

Division of MR Research, Russel H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at John Hopkins University School of Medicine.


HANZHANG LU, PH.D. is the inaugural recipient of The Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D. Professorship in the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a Professor of Radiology and serves as the Chief of Neurofunction Section in the Division of MR Research. Dr. Lu also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Education and Career

Dr. Lu received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.  He received his doctoral degree in Biomedical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Radiology at New York University. He was on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center from 2005 to 2014 and returned to Johns Hopkins in 2015. Dr. Lu was promoted to Professor in 2016.


Dr. Lu is an internationally recognized leader in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of brain function and physiology. Dr. Lu’s research is focused on the development of novel MRI techniques to evaluate the brain’s vascular physiology, metabolism, and function, as well as their clinical applications. Dr. Lu is a Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and Distinguished Investigator of the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research (ARBIR). Since 2006, Dr. Lu’s research program has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Lu has given more than 100 invited lectures at international and national conferences, at major research institutions, and for MRI-related industries.  Dr. Lu has been an expert reviewer for more than 30 different journals and conferences, and serves on the editorial boards of NMR in Biomedicine, Neuroimage, and Frontiers in Neuroscience.  Dr. Lu served as a charter member of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) review panel Medical Imaging (MEDI) and was a Chair of several NIH study sections including Biomedical Imaging Technology (BMIT) and high-end instrumentation (HIE).

Dr. Lu is an active leader in the MRI community.  He served on the executive committee of the Perfusion Study Group and fMRI Study Group of the ISMRM, the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC), and Trainee Stipend Committee of the ISMRM. Dr. Lu organized ISMRM-sponsored workshops, a Plenary Session at an ISMRM Annual Meeting, and an Imaging Cerebral Physiology (ICP) Symposium.

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