Dr. Zhou received his Ph.D. in Physics from Wuhan Institute of Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1996. He was trained in the field of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and was awarded the Outstanding Presidential Scholarship of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. From 1986 to 1997, he worked as a researcher in the National Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance and Atomic and Molecular Physics, Wuhan Institute of Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 1997, Dr. Zhou joined the Division of MRI Research, Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Presently, he is an Assistant Professor of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an affiliate scientist of the F.M. Kirby Center for Functional Brain Imaging at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Zhou has fifty peer-reviewed papers, six book chapters, and two patents. He is a member of International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism.
Dr. Zhou's research focuses on developing new methodologies of in vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MRS to study brain function and physiology. His most recent work includes absolute quantification of cerebral blood flow, quantification of functional MRI, magnetization transfer mechanism, development of chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) technology, brain pH MR imaging, tissue protein MR imaging, and high-resolution diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). A major part of his current research is in vivo molecular imaging of brain tumors and stroke using a new MRI technique, the amide proton transfer (APT) imaging. The overall goal is to achieve the MRI contrast at the protein and peptide level without exogenous agents and improve the diagnostic capability of MRI and the patient outcomes. Dr. Zhou's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and several private foundations.