Shu Zhang, Ph.D., an instructor in the Division of Medical Physics & Engineering, works to develop and apply MR imaging techniques to image-guided radiation therapy. She has extensive research experience in MRI sequence development, cancer imaging, and image processing.

Dr. Zhang received her Ph.D. from UT Southwestern where she worked on the technical developments and clinical applications of chemical exchange saturation transfer MRI. She subsequently joined The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and completed her postdoctoral training which was supported by the Odyssey Fellowship from the Cockrell Foundation.


Sichuan University (2009)
Graduate School
Tsinghua University (2012)
Graduate School
Univ of Tx Southwestern Med Ct (2018)

Research Interest

  • Low-field MRI
  • Medical image processing and reconstruction
  • MRI-guided radiation therapy
  • Quantitative MRI


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Functional Tumor Volume by Fast Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI for Predicting Neoadjuvant Systemic Therapy Response in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.
Musall BC, Abdelhafez AH, Adrada BE, Candelaria RP, Mohamed RMM, Boge M, Le-Petross H, Arribas E, Lane DL, Spak DA, Leung JWT, Hwang KP, Son JB, Elshafeey NA, Mahmoud HS, Wei P, Sun J, Zhang S, White JB, Ravenberg EE, Litton JK, Damodaran S, Thompson AM, Moulder SL, Yang WT, Pagel MD, Rauch GM, Ma J, J Magn Reson Imaging 2021 Jul 54 1 251-260
Combining inhomogeneous magnetization transfer and multipoint Dixon acquisition: Potential utility and evaluation.
Ercan E, Varma G, Dimitrov IE, Xi Y, Pinho MC, Yu FF, Zhang S, Wang X, Madhuranthakam AJ, Lenkinski RE, Alsop DC, Vinogradov E, Magn Reson Med 2020 Oct
Accelerating chemical exchange saturation transfer MRI with parallel blind compressed sensing.
She H, Greer JS, Zhang S, Li B, Keupp J, Madhuranthakam AJ, Dimitrov IE, Lenkinski RE, Vinogradov E Magn Reson Med 2018 Aug
Z-spectrum appearance and interpretation in the presence of fat: Influence of acquisition parameters.
Zhang S, Keupp J, Wang X, Dimitrov I, Madhuranthakam AJ, Lenkinski RE, Vinogradov E Magn Reson Med 2018 May 79 5 2731-2737
CEST-Dixon for human breast lesion characterization at 3 T: A preliminary study.
Zhang S, Seiler S, Wang X, Madhuranthakam AJ, Keupp J, Knippa EE, Lenkinski RE, Vinogradov E Magn Reson Med 2018 Jan
Balanced Steady-State Free Precession (bSSFP) from an effective field perspective: Application to the detection of chemical exchange (bSSFPX).
Zhang S, Liu Z, Grant A, Keupp J, Lenkinski RE, Vinogradov E J. Magn. Reson. 2016 Dec 275 55-67
A fast surface reconstruction method for fluorescence molecular tomography based on cross-beam edge back projection.
Zhang S, Chen QX, Luo JW, Bai J Measurement 2013 46 4 1565-1571
Therapeutic use of magnesium sulfate in selected cases of cerebral ischemia and seizure.
Goldman RS, Finkbeiner SM, N Engl J Med 1988 Nov 319 18 1224-5

Honors & Awards

  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
    Magna Cum Laude Merit Award (2015-2018)
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
    Trainee Travel Award (2015-2017)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) (2021)
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) (2015)