Yan Wu, Ph.D.

Yan Wu is an adjunct assistant professor of Radiology department. 

She obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research was mainly focused on 4D fast MR imaging techniques (HYPR) in dynamic contrast enhanced MR angiography. She also worked at New York University as an assistant research scientist on sodium imaging of knee.

Dr. Wu joined CBII as a research associate. She works closely with imaging scientists and radiologists. Her research interests expanded from computational image analysis to functional MRI, both of which were targeted at therapeutic response assessment in cancer management. In computational image analysis, recent progresses in machine learning and computer vision areas were incorporated into prediction models to assess tumor response to specific therapy. Examples include applying texture analysis in liver cancers to predict survival after radioembolization. Similarly, tumor characterization was conducted - malignancy of lung nodules was predicted from low dose screening CT to avoid unnecessary PET or biopsy. Meanwhile, various functional MRI imaging techniques, ranging from perfusion MRI to diffusion MRI, were investigated for tumor characterization and treatment response prediction or early detection. 

Dr. Wu also take the responsibility of giving MRI physics lecture series to all residents in Radiology department and guiding research electives for 4th year residents.