Radiology Personnel

Chengcheng Zhu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Radiology


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. 

He’s research in vascular imaging has been recognized internationally. He is a receipt of NIH career development award (K99/R00), 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 67 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 39 of them are first- or senior-authored. His articles appear on Circulation, Radiology, Stroke, 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 a Guest Associate Editor of Frontiers in Neuroscience, and he is a reviewer of another 35 journals. He serves as a grant reviewer for several government funding agencies, including Canadian Foundation of Innovation and NIH (EITA study section).

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

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Wall enhancement characteristics of vertebrobasilar nonsaccular aneurysms and their relationship to symptoms
Cao L., Zhu C., Eisenmenger L., Du X., Liu J., Yang Q., Lu J., Li K., Saloner D.
European Journal of Radiology. 2020 Aug

Growth of common iliac artery aneurysms coexisting with abdominal aortic aneurysms: Associated factors and potential role of intraluminal thrombus
Wang Y., Zhu C., Leach J., Gasper W., Saloner D., Hope M.
Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery. 2020 Mar:703-712

Higher Plaque Burden of Middle Cerebral Artery Is Associated With Recurrent Ischemic Stroke: A Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study
Ran Y., Wang Y., Zhu M., Wu X., Malhotra A., Lei X., Zhang F., Wang X., Xie S., Zhou J., Zhu J., Cheng J., Zhu C.
Stroke. 2020 Feb:659-662

Assessment of Intracranial Atherosclerotic Plaques Using 3D Black-Blood MRI: Comparison With 3D Time-of-Flight MRA and DSA
Tian X., Tian B., Shi Z., Wu X., Peng W., Zhang X., Malhotra A., Mossa-Basha M., Sekhar L., Liu Q., Lu J., Hu C., Zhu C.
Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2020 Jan

Intraluminal thrombus predicts rapid growth of abdominal aortic aneurysms
Zhu C., Leach J.R., Wang Y., Gasper W., Saloner D., Hope M.D.
Radiology. 2020 Jan:707-713

Emerging use of ultra-high-field 7T MRI in the study of intracranial vascularity: State of the field and future directions
Rutland J.W., Delman B.N., Gill C.M., Zhu C., Shrivastava R.K., Balchandani P.
American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2020 Jan:2-9

Wall enhancement of intracranial saccular and fusiform aneurysms may differ in intensity and extension: a pilot study using 7-T high-resolution black-blood MRI
Liu X., Zhang Z., Zhu C., Feng J., Liu P., Kong Q., Zhang X., Zhang Q., Jin H., Ge H., Jiang Y., Saloner D., Li Y.
European Radiology. 2020 Jan:301-307

Wall enhancement on black-blood MRI is independently associated with symptomatic status of unruptured intracranial saccular aneurysm
Zhu C., Wang X., Eisenmenger L., Shi Z., Degnan A., Tian B., Liu Q., Hess C., Saloner D., Lu J.
European Radiology. 2020 Jan

Quantitative measurement of atheroma burden: reproducibility in serial studies of atherosclerotic femoral arteries
Wang Y., Liu X., Haraldsson H., Zhu C., Ballweber M., Gasper W., Hatsukami T., Saloner D.
Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine. 2020 Jan

On the relative impact of intraluminal thrombus heterogeneity on abdominal aortic aneurysm mechanics
Leach J.R., Kao E., Zhu C., Saloner D., Hope M.D.
Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 2019 Nov