Dr. Zhao obtained his M.D. degree from Dalian Medical University, China and earned his Ph.D. degree in Medical Science studying brain tumor biology and MRI at Department of Neurosurgery of University of Tsukuba, Japan in 1998. After completing his postdoctoral training, he joined the faculty of Radiology in 2002 and now an Associate Professor of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Zhao’s current research is focusing on application of multimodal imaging approaches to obtaining integrative information about anatomy, physiology and molecular events of intracranial tumor models. Dr. Zhao has diverse interests in cancer research ranging from microscopic histology to animal models and in vivo multimodal imaging techniques.




Medical School Dalian Medical University (1991), Medicine
Graduate School University of Tsukuba - ? (1998)

Research Interest

  • In vivo MR imaging of tumor vascular perfusion and permeability and tumor hypoxia in brain tumor models
  • In vivo multimodal molecular imaging of tumor biomarkers
  • Tumor-targeted multifunctional nanoplatform for molecular imaging and treatment


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

In vivo near-infrared spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging monitoring of tumor response to combretastatin A-4-phosphate correlated with therapeutic outcome.
Zhao D, Chang CH, Kim JG, Liu H, Mason RP Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 2011 Jun 80 2 574-81
A perspective on vascular disrupting agents that interact with tubulin: preclinical tumor imaging and biological assessment.
Mason RP, Zhao D, Liu L, Trawick ML, Pinney KG Integr Biol (Camb) 2011 Apr 3 4 375-87

Honors & Awards

  • DOD Prostate Cancer Research Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • World Molecular Imaging Society (2009)
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) (2002)