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Hu/Nguyen/Finn Lab



Short Bio

Dr. Hu received his Bachelar's degree from Tsinghua University, China in 2000, and his PhD from University of Virginia in Biomedical Engineering. He then joined the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Boston as a post-doctoral research fellow and then as an instructor. He joined UCLA Department of Radiological Sciences in 2010 as an assistant professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 2019.

Research Projects

Professor Hu is interested in translational magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research. His lab develops MRI pulse sequences, image reconstruction and processing techniques for diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of various diseases. Several MRI techniques developed in his lab have been adopted at regional, national and international levels. More recently, Professor Hu is leading advanced MRI technical developments in the UCLA MR-guided radiation therapy research program.  




Short Bio

Dr. Nguyen is a practicing non-invasive cardiologist and an Associate Professor of Medicine with secondary appointments in Radiology and Biomedical Physics. She received her MD from UCLA, did her internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins, and completed a general cardiology fellowship at UCLA.  She served as a research fellow in the advanced cardiovascular imaging section at the National Institutes of Health and returned to UCLA as faculty.

Research Projects

As an early career investigator, Dr. Nguyen's research focuses on the development, translation, and application of cardiovascular imaging techniques. She co-directs a cardiovascular imaging research lab. Her grant-funded work focuses on development of iron oxide enhanced MRI techniques in ischemic, vascular, and congenital heart disease. She collaborates with data scientists on the use of imaging data for advancement of precision medicine. Her work also explores methods to integrate wireless technology with traditional models of healthcare delivery. Her scientific work has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals and is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the Veterans Health Administration.






Dr. J.Paul Finn
Medical Board Certifications
Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology, 2000
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, 1989
Hammersmith Hospital, 1988
Hammersmith Hospital, 1986
University College Hospital Galway, 1983
University College Hospital Galway, 1982
University College Hospital Galway, 1982
University College Hospital Galway, 1982
St. Vincent's Hospital, 1980
University College Hospital Galway, 1979
National University of Ireland, Galway, MD, 1978







Group Members 

Graduate Students
Fadil Ali, B.S.
Vahid Ghodrati, M.S.
Caroline Colbert, B.S.
Chang Gao, B.S.
Zhengyang Ming, B.S.













Honors and Awards
Peng Hu, Philips Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Science Award, 2010 Society of Cardiovascular MRI
Peng Hu, Regional Scholarship Award, 2010 Society of Cardiovascular MRI
Stanislas Rapacchi, Young Investigator Award Semi-Finalist, 2013 ISMRM
Stanislas Rapacchi, summa cum laude Merit Award, 2013 ISMRM
Stanislas Rapacchi, Young Investigator Award, 2013 International MR Angiography Working Group Meeting
Fei Han, magna cum laude Merit Award, 2013 ISMRM
Fei Han, summa cum laude Merit Award, 2016 ISMRM
Shams Rashid, Regional Scholarship Award, 2014 Society of Cardiovascular MRI
Shams Rashid, Early Career Award in Translational Science, 2014 Society of Cardiovascular MRI
Shams Rashid, summa cum laude Merit Award, 2015 ISMRM
Jiaxin Shao, summa cum laude Merit Award, 2016 ISMRM Da Wang, summa cum laude Merit Award, 2016 ISMRM Da Wang, Finalist,2016 SCMR Early Career Award in Basic Science Competition Fei Han, Norm Baily Award 2017 AAPM Southern California Chapter

Research Funding
2010 – 2014 American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant (10SDG4200076) (Hu), 2D/3D Cardiac and Respiratory Self-Gated Cine MRI using Intrinsic Motion Sensitivity of Phased Array Coils
2012 – 2014 NIH (NHLBI) R21 HL113427 (Hu), Robust Cardiac Self-Gating for Fetal Cardiac MRI
2013 – 2015 NIH (NHLBI) R21 HL118533 (Hu), Late Gadolinium Enhancement MRI for Patients with Implantable Cardiac Devices
2015 – 2017 American Heart Association Post-Doctoral Fellowship (15POST22700041) (Rashid), Improved myocardial scar and fat mapping protocol for ventricular tachycardia patients with implanted cardiac devices
2015 – 2020 NIH (NHLBI) R01HL127153 (Hu), A new paradigm of cardiovascular MRI for pediatric congenital heart disease.