Sung Lab

The Sung Lab, directed by Kyung Sung, is part of Magnetic Resonance Research Labs (MRRL) in the Department of Radiological Sciences within the School of Medicine at UCLA. Our mission is to advance state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Our research focuses on developments of novel imaging methods that target specific clinical and research applications. Our current research projects include:

Clinical Applications

  • Multi-Parametric Human Placenta Imaging 
  • Quantitative Multi-parametric MRI for Prostate Cancer 
  • Quantitative Liver Perfusion MRI
  • Pituitary Microadenoma Imaging with a Deployable Microcoil

Technical Developments

  • Machine Learning / Deep Learning Algorithms 
  • Compressed Sensing MRI Algorithms
  • Quantitative Image Analysis / Modeling
  • Rapid / Real-Time Imaging

Media Coverage / Awards / Invited Lectures

Lab Members:

     Kyung Sung, Ph.D.

Ph.D. / Master's Students:
     Xinran Zhong, B.S.
     Jiahao Lin, B.S.
     Alibek Danyalov, B.S.
     Eun Bin (Eunice) Lee, B.S.
     Ruiming Cao, B.S.
     Yongkai Liu, B.S.
     Haoxin Zheng, B.S.

Undergraduate Students:
     Yang Li

Administrative Staff:
     Heather Wilbur

Previous Members:
     Novena Rangwala, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013 —  2016 (Currently: GE Healthcare)
     Dapeng Liu, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016 —  2017 (Currently: Dept. of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University)
     Yeejin Lee, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017 —  2018 (Currently: Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology)
     Thomas Martin, Ph.D – Ph.D. Student, 2012 —  2018 (Currently: Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Univ. of Texas at San Antonio)

Previous Visitors:
     Duanduan (Sally) Liu – Visiting Graduate Student, Feb 2013 — July 2013
     Eric Cho – Visiting Student, May 2013 — July 2013
     ByungJoo (Joshua) Park, Ph.D. – Visiting Scholar, Feb 2013 — Feb 2014
     Wenrui Yang – Visiting Undergraduate Student, Sep 2013 — Mar 2014
     Marina Miranda – Summer Research Student, Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP), May 2016 — Aug 2016
     Tianle Cao – Summer Research Student, Tsinghua University, June 2017 — Sep 2017
     Kang-Sun Choi, Ph.D. – Visiting Scholar, Jan 2017 — Jan 2018

We are seeking an excellent postdoctoral fellow/graduate student with a strong background in signal and image processing, with an interest in developing novel MRI methods. Please see here for more detail.


Published Manuscripts @Pubmed or @Google Scholar

Research Funding:

  • 2017-2019 Siemens Medical Solution (PI: Sung): Technical Developments of Quantitative MRI-driven Deep Learning for Improved Prostate Cancer Classification
  • 2016-2018 RSNA QIBA Groundwork Project (PI: Nayak): Evaluation of RF Transmit Calibration Options for Quantitative DCE-MRI
  • 2016-2018 DoG Seed Grant Program Award (PI: Sung): Development of Ultra High-resolution MRI using a Deployable Microcoil for Assessment of Pituitary Microadenomas
  • 2016-2019 Siemens Medical Solution (PI: Wu/Sung): Technical Developments of Quantitative MRI Technologies for Body Cancer Applications
  • 2015-2020 NIH: U01 HD087221 (PI: Devaskar/Janzen/Sung): Imaging Innovations for Placental Assessment in Response to Environmental Pollution