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Research Interests

We are interested in the biology of phospholipids in cellular membrane networks. We use advanced molecular probes and imaging techniques to characterize membrane phospholipid dynamics in normal physiology and under pathological conditions. These research efforts lead to new discoveries in the fundamental roles of phospholipid membranes, and the development of diagnostic biomarkers for human diseases.

Training Experience

2003Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard Medical School

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Cambridge

… → 2001

Research interests

  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Apoptosis
  • Drug Discovery
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Molecular Imaging
  • Phospholipids
  • Radiochemistry
  • Radionuclide Imaging

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Grants 2012 2021

Anti-Idiotypic Antibodies
Molecular Probes
Molecular Imaging
Drug Combinations
Bone Marrow Cells
Cell Differentiation
Stem Cells
Cell- and Tissue-Based Therapy

Project 1

Chandel, N., Mazar, A. P., O'Halloran, T. V., Szleifer, I. G. & Zhao, M.

National Cancer Institute


Project: Research project

Natural Science Disciplines

Research Output 1999 2019

Dual-Isotope SPECT Imaging with NIS Reporter Gene and Duramycin to Visualize Tumor Susceptibility to Oncolytic Virus Infection

Zhang, L., Suksanpaisan, L., Jiang, H., DeGrado, T. R., Russell, S. J., Zhao, M. & Peng, K. W., Dec 20 2019, In : Molecular Therapy - Oncolytics. 15, p. 178-185 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Oncolytic Viruses
Virus Diseases
Single-Photon Emission-Computed Tomography
Reporter Genes
1 Citation (Scopus)

Genome-wide differential expression profiling of lncRNAs and mRNAs associated with early diabetic cardiomyopathy

Pant, T., Dhanasekaran, A., Bai, X., Zhao, M., Thorp, E. B., Forbess, J. M., Bosnjak, Z. J. & Ge, Z. D., Dec 1 2019, In : Scientific reports. 9, 1, 15345.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Diabetic Cardiomyopathies
Long Noncoding RNA
Messenger RNA
1 Citation (Scopus)

Imaging assessment of cardioprotection mediated by a dodecafluoropentane oxygen-carrier administered during myocardial infarction

Liu, Z., Barber, C., Gupta, A., Wan, L., Won, Y. W., Furenlid, L. R., Chen, Q., Desai, A. A., Zhao, M., Bull, D. A., Unger, E. C. & Martin, D. R., Mar 2019, In : Nuclear Medicine and Biology. 70, p. 67-77 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Myocardial Infarction
2 Citations (Scopus)

Whole-body imaging of cell death provides a systemic, minimally invasive, dynamic, and near-real time indicator for chemotherapeutic drug toxicity

Johnson, S. E., Ugolkov, A., Haney, C. R., Bondarenko, G., Li, L., Waters, E. A., Bergan, R., Tran, A., O'Halloran, T. V., Mazar, A. & Zhao, M., Feb 15 2019, In : Clinical Cancer Research. 25, 4, p. 1331-1342 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Whole Body Imaging
Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
Cell Death
Drug Therapy
14 Citations (Scopus)

AMPK activation reduces the number of atheromata macrophages in ApoE deficient mice

Wang, J., Ma, A., Zhao, M. & Zhu, H., Mar 1 2017, In : Atherosclerosis. 258, p. 97-107 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

AMP-Activated Protein Kinases
Apolipoproteins E
Atherosclerotic Plaques
CCR2 Receptors