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Zhen Cheng

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor (Research) of Radiology (General Radiology)

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    Susan Singh Administrative Associate Tel Work 650-736-9781


Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Member, Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection (2009 - present)
  • Member, Stanford Cancer Center (2007 - present)
  • Member, Bio-X Program (2007 - present)
  • Member, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) (2007 - present)

Honors and Awards

  • Best Basic Science Paper Published in 2009, Journal of Nuclear Medicine (2010)
  • New Investigator Award, Department of Defense (2009)
  • Young Investigator Award, Melanoma Research Alliance (2009)
  • IDEA Award, California Breast Cancer Research Program (2008)

Professional Education

B.S.: Sichuan University, Chemistry (1994)
M.S.: China Institute of Atomic Energy, Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry (1997)
Ph.D.: University of Missouri-Columbia, Chemistry (2001)

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

The overall objective of my laboratory is to develop novel molecular imaging probes and techniques for non-invasive detection of cancer and its metastasis at the earliest stage, so that cancer can be cured or transformed into a chronic, manageable disease. The techniques developed in my research will allow a close examination of the molecular, metabolic and physiological characteristics of cancers and their responses to therapy. In order to achieve this goal, my lab is aimed to identify novel cancer biomarkers with significant clinical relevance, develop new chemistry for probes preparation, and validate new strategies for probes high-throughput screening.






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