Radiology Personnel

Chengcheng Zhu, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor



Dr. Chengcheng Zhu obtained his BS in Electronics from Peking University in China in 2009, followed by his MPhil and PhD in Radiology from University of Cambridge in 2010 and 2013. From 2014 to 2019, Dr. Zhu worked at UCSF’s Vascular Imaging Research Center at VA Medical Center as a post-doc scholar and then an assistant Researcher. In February 2020, Dr. Zhu joined UW Radiology as an Assistant Professor. 

Dr. Zhu’s research focuses on the development of advanced vascular imaging techniques across a variety of vascular beds, including femoral artery plaque, abdominal aorta aneurysm, carotid plaque and intracranial artery plaque and aneurysms. He also applied these techniques in patients to explore the clinical relevance of the novel morphological and molecular imaging markers of the vessel wall, and validated these imaging findings with histopathology and clinical outcome. 

His research in vascular imaging has been recognized internationally. He is a receipt of NIH career development award (K99/R00) and a R01 grant, and a Junior Fellow of ISMRM. He has been invited to give lectures in vascular imaging in universities, academic centers, and conferences internationally. He has published 110 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 63 of them are first- or senior-authored. His articles appear on Circulation, Radiology, Stroke, JACC Cardiovascular Imaging, Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (JCMR), Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery (JNIS) etc. He is on the editorial board of American Journal of Neuroradiology (AJNR) and he is an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Neuroscience and Frontiers of Neurology. He is a reviewer for Radiology, Stroke, and another 40 journals. He is a distinguished reviewer for Radiology and JCMR. He serves as a grant reviewer for several funding agencies, including Canadian Foundation of Innovation, NIH (EITA study section), the Swiss National Science Foundation and American Heart Association (AHA).

Research Interest

Magnetic resonance imaging 
Vessel Wall Imaging
Multi modal imaging techniques


Great Britain-China Educational Trust Award, 2011 

K99/R00 Career Development Award, NHLBI, 2017

Junior Fellow of ISMRM, 2017

Five Times Winner of Summa Cum Laude Merit Award of ISMRM Annual Meeting (Top 5%) 2016/2017

Distinguished Reviewer, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 2017

Bruce Hasegawa Excellence in Biomedical Research Award, Department of Radiology, UCSF 2018

Gold Star Reviewer, Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 2020

Google Scholar Profile


PhD, Radiology, University of Cambridge, 2013

MPhil, Radiology, University of Cambridge, 2010

BS, Electronic, Peking University, Beijing, China 2009

Recent Publications (via Semantic Scholar)

Abdominal aortic aneurysm measurement at CT/MRI: potential clinical ramifications of non-standardized measurement technique and importance of multiplanar reformation.
J. Leach, Chengcheng Zhu, D. Mitsouras, et al. - Published 2021 - QUANTITATIVE IMAGING IN MEDICINE AND SURGERY

Deep neural network-based detection and segmentation of intracranial aneurysms on 3D rotational DSA.

Computed tomography angiography findings predictive of post-intervention vasospasm in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Charles G Colip, S. Wo, D. Hippe, et al. - Published 2021 - THE BRITISH JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY

Progression of Plaque Burden of Intracranial Atherosclerotic Plaque Predicts Recurrent Stroke/Transient Ischemic Attack: A Pilot Follow‐Up Study Using Higher‐Resolution MRI
Zhang Shi, J. Li, M. Zhao, et al. - Published 2021 - JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING : JMRI

Imaging of Vulnerable Intracranial Atherosclerotic Plaque for Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source.
Chengcheng Zhu, A. Malhotra, M. Mossa-Basha - Published 2021 - JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY

Irregular pulsation of intracranial unruptured aneurysm detected by four-dimensional CT angiography is associated with increased estimated rupture risk and conventional risk factors
Jianjian Zhang, Xiao Li, Bing Zhao, et al. - Published 2021 - JOURNAL OF NEUROINTERVENTIONAL SURGERY

Shape related features of intracranial aneurysm are associated with rupture status in a large Chinese cohort
Yuting Wang, Meixiong Cheng, Sijie Liu, et al. - Published 2021 - JOURNAL OF NEUROINTERVENTIONAL SURGERY

Characterization of Lenticulostriate Arteries and Its Associations With Vascular Risk Factors in Community-Dwelling Elderly
Xiaopei Xu, Xiao Wu, Chengcheng Zhu, et al. - Published 2021 - FRONTIERS IN AGING NEUROSCIENCE

Association of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Glycemic Control With Intracranial Plaque Characteristics in Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke
Xiao Li, Beibei Sun, Lingling Wang, et al. - Published 2021 - JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING : JMRI

Qualitative and Quantitative Wall Enhancement on Magnetic Resonance Imaging Is Associated With Symptoms of Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms
Qichang Fu, Yuting Wang, Y. Zhang, et al. - Published 2020 - STROKE