Dr. Wu was trained as a chemist at Dalian University of Technology in China (2002-2007) with research projects focused on fluorescent sensing and imaging. Then he joined Prof. A. Dean Sherry's group at UT Dallas as a postdoc researcher to develop polymeric and responsive PARACEST agents for MR imaging. At late 2010, he moved to UT Southwestern Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Wu is focusing his research on the design and synthesis of new targeting or responsive agents for molecular imaging of cancer with positron emission tomography (PET) and MRI.



Undergraduate Jilin Institute of Chemical Technology - China (2002), Chemistry
Graduate School Dalian University of Technology - China (2004), Chemistry
Graduate School Dalian University of Technology - China (2007), Chemistry

Research Interest

  • Development of optical imaging agents
  • Development of responsive MRI contrast agents
  • Development of targeted dual-modality MRI/PET contrast agents
  • In vivo imaging of hypoxia with MRI and PET
  • In vivo imaging of pH with CEST and T2-based MRI contrast agents


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A europium(iii)-based PARACEST agent for sensing singlet oxygen by MRI.
Song B, Wu Y, Yu M, Zhao P, Zhou C, Kiefer GE, Sherry AD Dalton Trans 2013 Apr
Advantages of paramagnetic chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) complexes having slow to intermediate water exchange properties as responsive MRI agents.
Soesbe TC, Wu Y, Dean Sherry A NMR Biomed 2012 Oct
The pH sensitivity of -NH exchange in LnDOTA-tetraamide complexes varies with amide substituent.
Opina AC, Wu Y, Zhao P, Kiefer G, Sherry AD Contrast Media Mol Imaging 2011 Nov-Dec 6 6 459-64
Multifunctional Polymeric Scaffolds for Enhancement of PARACEST Contrast Sensitivity and Performance: The Effects of Random Copolymer Variations.
Wu Y, Zhao P, Kiefer GE, Sherry AD Macromolecules 2010 Aug 43 16 6616-6624


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Honors & Awards

  • Achievement award for technology commercialization from The University of Texas at Dallas

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Editorial Board of Cancer and Oncology Research (2013)
  • Editorial Board of Frontiers in Inorganic Chemistry (Review Editor) (2013)
  • Editorial Board of Journal of Analytical & Molecular Techniques (2013)
  • Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (2012)
  • World Molecular Imaging Society (2012)