Dr. Zhu received his M.S. degree at Jilin University in 2008 and pursued Ph.D. studies also at Jilin University, under the supervision of Prof. Xuexun Fang. A portion of his graduate studies were conducted during a two-year China Scholarship Council (CSC) fellowship in the Laboratory of Molecular Imaging and Nanomedicine (LOMIN) at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). After receiving his Ph.D. degree at the end of 2011, Dr. Zhu returned to LOMIN as a postdoctoral fellow.
Dr. Zhu is interested in screening and selecting cancer-specific binding peptides; developing novel activatable probes for non-invasive early detection; and monitoring of cancer therapy using multimodality imaging technologies including PET, SPECT, MRI, and optical imaging. He is currently trying to develop photoacoustic imaging nanoplatforms for protease expression detection in vivo.