Faculty

Xiaohong Joe Zhou, Ph.D. is a tenured Professor of Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurosurgery at The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He serves as Director of Center for MR Research and Chief Medical Physicist for UI Health. Dr. Zhou received B.Sc. degree from Peking University in China and Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Radiology, Duke University.

Dr. Zhou’s recent research has focused on diffusion imaging and its applications to studying tissue microstructures in cancer and other diseases. He is also active in developing novel MRI techniques to improve spatial and temporal resolutions for challenging biomedical applications. Dr. Zhou has serves as Principal Investigator on multiple NIH grants and holds 35 U.S. or international patents on numerous MRI technologies.

Dr. Zhou is a board-certified medical physicist by the American Board of Radiology, the American Board of Medical Physics, and the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety . He is a Fellow of the Int’l Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), and a recipient of Distinguished Investigator Award by the Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research.

Contacts: xjzhou@uic.edu

Muge Karaman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to her academic role, she holds the position of Assistant Director at the Center for MR Research within The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Karaman received her Ph.D. in Computational Sciences from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and completed her postdoctoral training at the Center for MR Research at UIC.

Dr. Karaman’s research interests include developing and validating quantitative diffusion-weighted MRI techniques for the characterization of complex biological tissue in vivo, and integrating these techniques into computational models to address current and future medical challenges. She is particularly interested in investigating their feasibility in probing the underlying tissue characteristics in different disease conditions and organs, including adult and pediatric brain tumors, gastric cancer, and breast cancer. These advanced MRI techniques aim to facilitate important clinical decisions in cancer diagnosis, early prediction of response to therapy, and monitoring disease recurrence, helping to develop optimized patient management strategies. Dr. Karaman has recently received an NIH NIBIB Trailblazer Award and serves as a Co-Investigator on multiple NIH-funded collaborative projects.

Contacts: mkaraman@uic.edu

Kezhou Wang, Ph.D.

Kezhou is a senior research specialist at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research and the Chief Engineering Officer at VasSol Inc. His current research interests include design and development of quantitative blood flow analysis software system based on phase contrast MR, blood flow simulation in the cerebral system, and medical image analysis. Dr. Wang is an expert on data analysis and visualization.

Contacts: kezwang@uic.edu

Qingfei Luo, Ph.D.

Qingfei is a research assistant professor at Center for Magnetic Resonance Research and Radiology Department. Qingfei completed his Ph.D. study at the University of Chicago in 2010 and then moved to the Radiological Sciences Laboratory of Stanford University for postdoctoral training. He worked at Laureate Institute for Brain Research as a MR Physicist before he joined the Center in 2020. Qingfei’s main research areas are development and applications of fast functional MRI (fMRI) pulse sequences, MRI reconstruction algorithms, and simultaneous EEG and fMRI acquisition techniques. He also works on cardiac MRI with ultrahigh temporal resolutions.

Contacts: qluo@uic.edu

Enamul Hoque Bhuiyan, Ph.D.

Enamul Hoque Bhuiyan, a Research Scientist at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, previously held postdoctoral positions at the Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Institute at Mount Sinai and the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at Yale School of Medicine. He earned his Ph.D. from the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre (SPMIC), University of Nottingham. His work at Mount Sinai focused on advanced image analysis and multi-parametric MRI methods, specifically in relation to liver cancer. At Yale, he delved into cutting-edge MRI techniques, including nonlinear gradient image encoding, novel contrast mechanisms, and reconstruction, with a particular emphasis on leveraging diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) for precise prostate cancer diagnosis. At Nottingham, he emphasized on developing novel approaches for motion correction in brain imaging.

Dr. Bhuiyan’s interested in the sophisticated development of hardware and software methods for biomedical imaging, utilizing the principles of Physics and Mathematics. His current pursuits encompass brain cancer and prostate cancer investigation using MRI, motion correction in MRI, state-of-the-art image reconstruction techniques, image analysis for comprehensive understanding of brain physiology and functions, and the quest for potential biomarkers related to neurological diseases and disorders.

Contacts: bhuiyan@uic.edu

Burak Arikan, M.D.

Burak is a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. He earned his M.D. from Istanbul University Cerrahpasa School of Medicine in Turkey. He previously participated in various research projects at University College London, Columbia University and UCSF. His current research interests include diffusion-weighted MRI analysis and its clinical applications.

Contacts: barikan@uic.edu

Staff

Michael P Flannery, BS, RT (R)(MR)(CT)

Research Manager

Work Phone: 312-996-1251

Work Email: mpflanne@uic.edu

Hagai Ganin,, BA, ARMRIT

Research Technologist

Work Phone: 312-413-1152, 312-413-1309

Work Email: ganin@uic.edu

Former Faculty

Kaibao Sun, Ph.D.

After completing his PhD at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2018, Kaibao joined the Center as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Kaibao promoted as a Research Scientist in 2022. His main focus is in the MRI sequence development and its clinical applications.

Contacts: kbsun@uic.edu

Alessandro Scotti, Ph.D.

After completing his PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2021, Alessandro joined the Center as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. His main research focus is the development of high temporal resolution MRI techniques and their application on periodic biologic events. He also works on CEST MRI, MR Thermometry and fat/water imaging.

Contacts: ascott22@uic.edu

Former Staff

Aggeliki A Gikas, MBA

Business Administrator

Work Phone: 312.413.0178

Personal Email: agikas1@uic.edu