Peng Hu Ph.d

peng hu

Assistant Professor
Department of Radiological Sciences

300 UCLA Medical Plaza Suite B119
Los Angeles, CA 90095



  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 1999
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 2002
  • Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, 2008

Awards and Positions

  • 1995-1999 Tsinghua University Undergraduate Scholarship
  • 2003 New Entrant Award, ISMRM
  • 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010 Student/Trainee Travel Award, ISMRM
  • 2010 Philips Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Science Award
  • 2010 SCMR Regional Scholarship Award
  • 2013 Mentor, 2013 ISMRM Moore Young Investigator Award Semi-Finalist (Stanislas Rapacchi)
  • 2013 Mentor, 2013 ISMRM Merit Award, summa cum laude (top 5%), (Stanislas Rapacchi)
  • 2013 Mentor, Young Investigator Award, Intl. MR Angiography Working Group (Stanislas Rapacchi)
  • 2013 Mentor, 2013 ISMRM Merit Award, magna cum laude (top 15%), (Fei Han)
  • 2013, 2014 Distinguished Reviewer, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • 2014 Mentor, 2014 SCMR Regional Scholarship Award (Shams Rashid)
  • 2014 Mentor, 2014 SCMR Early Career Award in Translational Science (Shams Rashid)

Research Interests

    Dr. Hu is interested in developing novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques for a variety of clinical imaging applications, including coronary artery MRI, imaging for electrophysiological ablations, pediatric/fetal imaging for congenital heart defects, and cardiovascular imaging in general. He is also interested in MRI for interventional applications. The following are two examples of Dr. Hu’s recent research projects:


    Recent Papers

    1. Rapacchi S*, Han F*, Natsuaki Y, Kroeker R, Plotnik A, Lehman E, Sayre J, Laub G, Finn JP, Hu P. “High spatial and temporal resolution dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) using compressed sensing with magnitude image subtraction”, Magn Reson Med, 2014; 71(5): 1771-1783 (2013 ISMRM Moore Young Investigator Award Semi-Finalist Paper)
    2. Rashid S*, Rapacchi S*, Vaseghi M, Tung R, Shivkumar K, Finn JP, Hu P. “Improved late gadolinium enhancement MRI for patients with implanted cardiac devices”. Radiology, 2014; 270(1): 269-274
    3. Stevens S, Tung R, Rashid S*, Khan S, Gima J, Cote S, Pavez G, Ennis DB, Finn JP, Boyle N, Shivkumar KS, Hu P. “Device artifact reduction for magnetic resonance imaging of patients with implanted cardioverter defibrillators and ventricular tachycardia: Late gadolinium enhancement correlation with electroanatomical mapping”, Heart Rhythm, 2014; 11:289-298
    4. Song HK, Yan L, Smith RX, Xue Y, Rapacchi S*, Srinivasan S, Ennis DB, Hu P, Pouratian N, Wang JJ. “Noncontrast enhanced 4D dynamic MRA with golden angle radial acquisition and k-space weighted image contrast (KWIC) reconstruction”, Magn Reson Med. 2013 Dec 12. doi: 10.1002/mrm.25057
    5. Sharma M, Hu P, Rapacchi S*, Ennis DB, Thomas MA, Lee P, Kupelian P, Sheng K. “Accelerating dynamic MRI for lung tumor tracking based on low-rank decomposition in the spatial-temporal domain, a feasibility study based on simulation and preliminary prospective under-sampled MRI”, Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 2014;88(3):723-31
    6. Wang D*, Shao J*, Rapacchi S*, Middione M, Ennis DB, Hu P. “Phase contrast MRI with flow compensation view sharing”, Magn Reson Med, 2014, Feb 14. doi: 10.1002/mrm.25133
    7. Shao J*, Nguyen KL, Natsuaki Y, Spottiswoode B, Hu P. “Instantaneous signal loss simulation (InSiL) – An improved algorithm for myocardial T1 mapping using the MOLLI sequence”, J Magn Reson Imaging, 2014, Feb 19. doi: 10.1002/jmri.24599
    8. Rapacchi S*, Natsuaki Y, Plotnik A, Gabriel S, Laub G, Finn JP, Hu P. “Reducing view-sharing using compressed sensing in time-resolved contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography”, Magn Reson Med, 2014, Aug 26. doi: 10.1002/mrm.25414
    9. Gou S, Wu J, Liu F, Lee P, Rapacchi S*, Hu P, Sheng K. “Feasibility of automated pancreas segmentation based on dynamic MRI”, Br J Radiol, 2014, Oct 1:20140248
    10. Han F*, Rapacchi S*, Khan S, Ayad I, Salusky I, Gabriel S, Plotnik A, Finn JP, Hu P. “Four-Dimensional, Multiphase, Steady-State Imaging with Contrast Enhancement (MUSIC) in the Heart: a Feasibility Study in Children”, Magn Reson Med, 2014, Oct 9. doi: 10.1002/mrm.25491.