Zhen Cheng, PhD

Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, Stanford Cancer Center, Stanford University, 1201 Welch Road, Lucas Center, P095, Stanford, California, USA

Dr. Zhen Cheng is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and a member of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS), BioX program, Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection and Stanford Cancer Center. He currently leads the Cancer Molecular Imaging Chemistry Laboratory (CMICL) of the MIPS where he is developing novel molecular probes especially PET and SPECT probes, non-invasive imaging techniques, and bionanotechnology for the multimodality early detection of cancer and its metastasis. A variety of platforms (small molecule, peptide, protein, nanoparticle) have been studied in his laboratory for cancer imaging. Research from these projects has led to promising imaging probes that have high clinical translational ability for detection of melanoma metastasis and cancers expressing biomarkers such as integrins, HER2 or EGFR. Dr. Cheng received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Sichuan University in China in 1994 and a M.S. degree in Isotope Technology and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry from China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE) in 1997. Then he obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2001. From 2001 to 2003, he completed his postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School. Following that he joined Stanford University as a Research Scientist and became an Assistant Professor in the Radiology Department at Stanford in 2007. Dr. Cheng has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, 4 book chapters, and he is a co-inventor of 7 patents. He has served as a reviewer for numerous funding agencies including National Institute of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), German Research 

Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Agency for Science, Research & Technology (A*STAR) in Singapore, and AXA Research Fund. He has also served as an active reviewer for over 50 research journals, abstract reviewer for several societies Annual meetings.