Hui Mao, PhD
Professor of Radiology and Imaging Sciences,
Emory Center for Systems Imaging
Professor of Biomedical Engineering,
Emory-GT Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Affiliate Scientist, Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Dr. Mao is widely recognized for his expertise in a range of scientific fields, including chemistry, biochemistry, biomaterials, neurosciences, cancer and nanomedicine. Dr. mao directs the Laboratory of Functional and Molecular Imaging and Nanomedicine (LFMI&N), which focuses on developing and utilizing cutting-edge functional and molecular imaging technologies to address biological questions and medical problems. The research interests and areas include: 1) biomarker targeted MRI contrast agents and multimodal imaging probes for in vivo molecular and cellular imaging of cancer and cardiovascular diseases; 2) novel nanomaterial and nanotechnology for medical applications, especially imaging and image-guided delivery of therapeutic agents; 3) NMR/MRS based metabolomics for profiling cell or tissue metabolites in vivo and ex vivo to investigate the potential metabolite markers for improving the specificity of cancer detection and for early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases; 4) clinical applications of functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and perfusion MRI for imaging and study of brain functions, brain disorders and diseases. Dr. Mao is a recipient of Distinguished Investigator award from the Academy of Radiological Research and serves on several NIH study sections, including as a Charter Member of the study section for Clinical Molecular Imaging and Probe Development (CMIP). He is also a recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the “One-in-a-Hundred” Outstanding Mentor Award for post-doctoral education.