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  • Portrait of Ping Wang, PhD

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    Ping Wang, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Neuroimaging Research

    Ping Wang, PhD, is an associate professor in the Neuroimaging Innovation Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.

    Dr. Wang’s expertise includes the development and application of novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) biomarkers for a more complete and accurate characterization of tissue composition and physical and chemical changes associated with pathology. He is a member of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

    Dr. Wang earned his master’s degree in electronic engineering from the North China Institute of Technology in Taiyuan Shanxi, China. He earned his doctorate in information and communication from the School of Electronic and Information Engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an Shaanxi, China. He completed postdoctoral research fellowships in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and at Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Dr. Wang’s current research focuses on the biophysical origins of MRI signals in vivo that give rise to useful image contrast. He has a particular interest in investigating the molecular and cellular basis of T1, T2, T, ADC, qMT, and CEST. He aims to use this understanding to develop better methods of imaging and to help interpret the imaging results in various neurological disorders, including neuromuscular and central nervous system diseases.

    Education & Training
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science, Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, 2012-2016
    • PhD, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Electronic and Information Engineering, 2002
    • MS, North China Institute of Technology, Electronic Engineering, 1998
    • BS, North China Institute of Technology, Test and Measurement Technology, 1995
    Professional Memberships
    • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Honors and Awards
    • Distinguished Reviewer, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2015-2019
    • Elsevier Reviewer Recognition, 2019
    • Educational Stipend Award Recipient, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2006
    • Excellent Graduate Student, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, 2000
    • Graduate Scholarship, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, 2000
    Selected Publications
    1. Carranza-Leon DA, Oeser A, Marton A, Wang P, Gore JC, Titze J, Stein CM, Chung CP, Ormseth MJ. Tissue sodium content in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: association with disease activity and markers of inflammation. Lupus. 2020;29(5):455-462.
    2. Crescenzi R, Marton A, Donahue PMC, Mahany HB, Lants SK, Wang P, Beckman JA, Donahue MJ, Titze J. Tissue Sodium Content is Elevated in the Skin and Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue in Women with Lipedema. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018;26(2):310-317.
    3. Deger SM, Wang P, Fissell R, Ellis CD, Booker C, Sha F, Morse JL, Stewart TG, Gore JC, Siew ED, Titze J, Ikizler TA. Tissue sodium accumulation and peripheral insulin sensitivity in maintenance hemodialysis patients. J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle. 2017;8(3):500-507.
    4. Wang P, Zhu H, Kang H, Gore JC. R1rho dispersion and sodium imaging in human calf muscle. Magn Reson Imaging. 2017;42:139-143.
    5. Gore JC, Zu Z, Wang P, Li H, Xu J, Dortch R, Gochberg DF. “Molecular” MR imaging at high fields. Magn Reson Imaging. 2017;38:95-100.
    6. Wang P. Evaluation of MR thermometry with proton resonance frequency method at 7T. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2017;7(2):259-266.
    7. Wang P, Deger MS, Kang H, Ikizler TA, Titze J, Gore JC. Sex differences in sodium deposition in human muscle and skin. Magn Reson Imaging. 2017;36:93-97.
    8. Wang P, Block J, Gore JC. Chemical exchange in knee cartilage assessed by R1rho (1/T1rho) dispersion at 3T. Magn Reson Imaging. 2015;33(1):38-42.
    9. Wang P, Xue Y, Zhao X, Yu J, Rosen M, Song HK. Effects of flip angle uncertainty and noise on the accuracy of DCE-MRI metrics: comparison between standard concentration-based and signal difference methods. Magn Reson Imaging. 2015;33(1):166-173.
    10. Wang P, Acker MA, Bilello M, Melhem ER, Stambrook E, Ratcliffe SJ, Floyd TF, Investigators D. Sex, aging, and preexisting cerebral ischemic disease in patients with aortic stenosis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010;90(4):1230-1235.

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