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Jianhui Zhong, Ph.D.

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MRI research in both basic sciences and applications. Members of the group include physicists and engineers, and we collaborate broadly with neuroscientists and clinicians.

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Jianhui Zhong, Ph.D. is a physicist by training. He graduated from Nanjing University with a BS in Physics in 1982, and from Brown University with a Ph.D. in Physics in 1998. He joined Yale University in 1987 for post-doctoral training, was appointed as Associate Professor in 1997 and then came to University of Rochester, becoming a tenured full Professor in 2004 in Radiology, Physics and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Zhong has over 25 years experience in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) physics, engineering and biomedical/clinical/neuroscience applications, with over 130 publications. He is one of the leading researchers for complex relaxation and diffusion effects and interactions of magnetic susceptibility and diffusion in tissues, application of diffusion in brain electrical activities and functions, and is one of the major inventors for intermolecular multiple quantum coherence brain imaging. He also has played leadership roles in international organizations, service in U.S. and international funding reviews and reviewing in leading scientific funding agencies and journals. Dr. Zhong is a grantee of many national and private funds, awardees in research excellence by the NIH, Yale and University of Rochester, and he owns 5 U.S. patents. In recent years, Dr. Zhong's research has focused on brain diffusion tensor imaging, quantitative analysis of brain functional imaging and network analysis, fast MR imaging techniques and their applications of MRI and MRI in neuroscience, translational medicine and individual imaging analysis.


Faculty Appointments


PhD | Brown University

MS | Brown University

BS | Nanjing University, China


Dean's Award for Excellency in Research, University of Rochester

Summa Cum Laude Citation, the American Society of Neuroradiology

Certificate of Merit Citation for Scientific Exhibit, Radiological Society of North America

The Dean's Award, Yale University School of Medicine

The FIRST Award, NIH

1988 - 1990
NIH research fellowship.

1982 - 1987
China US Physics Examination and Application) scholarship, Brown University.

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Journal Articles

Liao C, Chen Y, Cao X, Chen S, He H, Mani M, Jacob M, Magnotta V, Zhong J. "Efficient parallel reconstruction for high resolution multishot spiral diffusion data with low rank constraint." Magnetic resonance in medicine.. 2017 Mar 0; 77(3):1359-1366. Epub 2016 Mar 10.

Qi R, Liu C, Ke J, Xu Q, Zhong J, Wang F, Zhang LJ, Lu GM. "Intrinsic brain abnormalities in irritable bowel syndrome and effect of anxiety and depression." Brain imaging and behavior.. 2016 Dec 0; 10(4):1127-1134.

Lin Y, Lin L, Wei Z, Zhong J, Chen Z. "Localized one-dimensional single voxel magnetic resonance spectroscopy without J coupling modulations." Magnetic resonance in medicine.. 2016 Dec 0; 76(6):1661-1667. Epub 2015 Dec 14.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: FMRI for Monitoring Dynamic Changes in Brain Oxygenation/Blood Flow: Potential Application for Tumor Response to Carbogen Treatment
Book Title: Transport to Tissue XXII
Author List: Zhong, JH; Kwok, WE; Okunieff, P.
Edited By: Dunn, JF; Swartz, HM.
Published By: Kluwe Academic/Plenum Publishers2003 in New York

Chapter Title: Basics of Diffusion Measurements by MRI and Normal Brain and Artifacts
Book Title: Diffusion Imaging of Brain
Author List: Zhong, JH.
Edited By: Boritani, Ekholm and Westesson
Published By: Springer Verlag2003 in Heidelberg, Germany

Chapter Title: Functional MRI
Book Title: Stroke: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management
Author List: Gao, JH; Zhong, JH; Fox, P.
Edited By: Barnett, HJM; Mohr, JP; Stein, BM; Yatsu, FM.
Published By: Churchill Livingstone International1996