Chunqi Qian, Ph.D.

Chunqi Qian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Radiology


Radiology Building
846 Service Rd Rm 184


Clinical Ctr - Tower B
788 Service Rd

College Degrees: 

B.S.: Chemistry, Nanjing University, China
Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Post-doc: MR spectroscopy technology, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee
Research Fellow: MR imaging technology, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda


Research Interests:

Dr. Qian’s major research interest is centered on the development of advanced detection technologies for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and for biosensors in general. The underlying scientific principle is derived from the general concept that weak biological signals can be sensitively observed by a local detector placed at a close enough distance and if the weak signals can be locally amplified to communicate with the external world. Based on such technological foundation, Dr. Qian is also developing multiphysical theranostic methods to treat vasculature diseases related to kidney, heart and brain.


Current active projects:

  1. The development of wireless miniaturized detector with integrated signal amplifier.
  2. The development of high resolution imaging methodologies.
  3. The development of molecular targeting agents for simultaneous therapy and imaging.



  1. NIH Career Development Award, 2014
  2. Young Investigator’s Award, International Conference on Magnetic Resonance Microscopy (ICMRM), 2009


Selected Publications:

  1. C. Qian, X. Yu, N. Pothayee, S. Dodd, N. Bouraoud, R. Star, K. Bennett, A. Koretsky.  Live nephron imaging by MRI.  American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology, 307 (2014) F1162-1168.
  2. C. Qian, G. Zabow, A. Koretsky.  Engineering Novel Detectors and Sensors for MRI.  Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 229 (2013) 67-74.
  3. C. Qian, X. Yu, D. Chen, S. Dodd, N. Bouraoud, N. Pothayee, Y. Chen, S. Beeman, K. Bennett, J. Murphy-Boesch, A. Koretsky.  Wireless Amplified NMR Detector (WAND) for high resolution MRI of internal organs: Preclinical demonstration in a rodent model.  Radiology, 268 (2013) 228-236.
  4. C. Qian, J. Murphy-Boesch, S. Dodd, A. Koretsky, Sensitivity Enhancement of Remotely Coupled NMR Detectors using Wirelessly Powered Parametric Amplification, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 68 (2012) 989-996.
  5. C. Qian, I. S. Masad, J. T. Rosenberg, M. Elumalai, W. W. Brey, S. C. Grant, P. L. Gorkov, A volume birdcage coil with an adjustable sliding tuner ring for neuroimaging in high field vertical magnets: ex and in vivo applications at 21.1 T, Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 221 (2012) 110-116.  PMID: 22750638.
  6. X. Zeng, M. Barbic, L. Chen, C. Qian. Sensitive Enhancement of Vessel Wall Imaging with an Endo-esophageal Wireless Amplified NMR Detector (WAND), Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, (2016) DOI: 10.1002/mrm.26562.
  7. C. Qian, Q. Duan, S. Dodd, A. Koretsky, J. Murphy-Boesch. Sensitivity Enhancement of an Inductively Coupled Local Detector Using a HEMT-based Current Amplifier. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 75 (2016) 2573-2578.

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