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PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
MS, Chinese Academy of Medical Science, 1987
BSE, Northern Jiaotong University, 1983

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Quing Zhu

Biomedical Engineering



Quing Zhu is a pioneer of combining ultrasound and near infrared (NIR) imaging modalities for clinical diagnosis of cancers and for treatment assessment and prediction of cancers. This combined approach overcomes the localization uncertainty of optical reconstruction and improves the ultrasound diagnosis. She and her team have explored the theory and modeling behind this novel technique and have conducted clinical studies. Initial results have shown great success in early diagnosis of malignant and benign breast lesions and in predicting and monitoring breast cancer treatment response using this technique.

Her pioneering research has now been heralded by the imaging and radiology community as an important advance in society's ability to distinguish benign and malignant lesions in the breast. In addition, Zhu and her team have pioneered co-registered ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging techniques for ovarian cancer detection and diagnosis and have obtained initial premising results. She is looking forward to collaborating with world class faculty members at the Washington University McKelvey School of Engineering and School of Medicine to further advance the technologies and explore new technologies for cancer detection and diagnosis.


Professor Zhu joined Washington University in St. Louis as a professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in July 2016. Previously, she was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut.

Professor Zhu has been named Fellow of Optical Society of American (OSA), Fellow of SPIE- International Society for Optics and Photonics, a Member of Connecticut Academy of Science. Professor Zhu received the Connecticut Technology Council 2007 Women of Innovation Award. She is an associate editor of IEEE Photonics Society, and an editorial board member of Photoacoustic and Biomedical Optics. She is a member of organizing committee for the SPIE Photonics West Photon Plus Ultrasound Conference, and Optical Tomography and Spectroscopy of Tissue IX conference.

Advances cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment prediction and monitoring

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