Changho Choi, Ph.D., received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1987 from Korea University, South Korea. He then earned a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he used nuclear magnetic resonance for studying quantum tunneling of protons at low temperatures. Following several years of researches in in-vivo MR spectroscopy, he joined the Advanced Imaging Research Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2007.

Dr. Choi’s research has been focused on both technical and clinical developments of MR spectroscopy in brain tumors and neuropsychiatric disorders. MRS methodology development is carried out to provide meaningful measurements of clinically-important hard-to-detect brain metabolites, including 2-hydroxyglutarate (2HG), GABA, glycine, glutamate and glutamine, etc.  Specifically, 2HG appears to be an unprecedented biomarker in IDH mutated gliomas.

Researchers are currently going on to accomplish a fast, high-precision 2HG imaging modality which can be readily translated into clinics. Investigation of the clinical utility of 2HG in subjects with gliomas is undertaken in collaboration with neuro-oncologists. Also, several MRS studies are conducted to obtain metabolic changes in neurological diseases, including schizophrenia and asthma, in collaboration with psychiatrists.


Undergraduate Korea University (1987), Physics
Graduate School Korea University (1989)
Graduate School University of Waterloo (1996), Physics

Research Interest

  • Applications of MRS in neurodegenerative and cancer diseases
  • In vivo 1H and 13C MR spectroscopy
  • Quantum mechanical simulations of spin dynamics
  • RF pulse and MRS sequence design


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

T2 measurement of J-coupled metabolites in the human brain in vivo at 3T
Ganji SK, Banerjee A, Patel AM, Zhao YD, Dimitrov IE, Browning JD, Brown ES, Maher EA, Choi C NMR in Biomedicine 2012 25
Measurement of N-acetylaspartylglutamate in the human frontal brain by 1H-MRS at 7T
Choi C, Ghose S, Uh J, Patel A, Dimitrov I, Lu H, Douglas D, Ganji S Magnetic Resonance in Medicine November 2010 64 (5) 1247-1251
Improvement of resolution for brain coupled metabolites by optimized 1H-MRS at 7T
Choi C, Dimitrov IE, Douglas D, Patel A, Kaiser LG, Amezcua CA, Maher EA NMR in Biomedicine November 2010 23 (9) 1044-1052
Measurement of glycine in human prefrontal brain by point-resolved spectroscopy at 7.0 T in vivo
Choi C, Douglas D, Hawesa H, Jindal A, Storey C, Dimitrov I Magnetic Resonance in Medicine November 2009 62 (5) 1305?1310
T2 measurement and quantification of glutamate in human brain in vivo
Choi C, Coupland NJ, Bhardwaj PP, Kalra S, Casault CA, Reid K, Allen PS Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 2006 56 971-977
Brain gamma-aminobutyric acid measurements by proton double quantum filtering with selective J rewinding
Choi C, Coupland NJ, Hanstock CC, Ogilvie CJ, Higgins ACM, Gheorghiu D, Allen PS Magnetic Resonance in Medicine August 2005 54 (2) 272-279