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Xiaoping Wu, Ph. D.

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Assistant Professor
2-156 CMRR


Xiaoping Wu, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR), Department of Radiology, at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Wu received his Bachelor of Engineering (2001) and Master of Engineering (2004) degrees in Engineering Physics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. In 2004, Dr. Wu became a graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota and, in 2005, joined the CMRR to pursue his PhD degree. His thesis work was focused on radiofrequency (RF) parallel transmission for ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging and was conducted under the mentorship of both Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D. and Pierre-Francois van de Moortele, Ph.D. After receiving his Ph.D degree in 2010, Dr. Wu continued to work at the CMRR as a Postdoctoral Associate (2010-2011), Research Associate (2011-2013), and subsequently as an Assistant Professor (2013-present).

Research Interests:

  • RF pulse design, in particular parallel transmission RF pulse design.
  • RF parallel transmission for MRI and MRS applications at ultra-high magnetic field.
  • RF safety in parallel transmission.

Selected Publications:

Wu, X., Auerbach, E.J., Vu, A.T., Moeller, S., Lenglet, C., Schmitter, S., Van de Moortele, P.-F., Yacoub, E., U─čurbil, K., 2018. High-resolution whole-brain diffusion MRI at 7T using radiofrequency parallel transmission. Magn. Reson. Med. https://doi.org/10.1002/mrm.27189

Wu X, Tian J, Schmitter S, Vaughan JT, Ugurbil K, Van de Moortele PF. Distributing coil elements in three dimensions enhances parallel transmission multiband RF performance: A simulation study in the human brain at 7 Tesla. Magn Reson Med 2016;75(6):2464-2472.

Wu X, Schmitter S, Auerbach EJ, Ugurbil K, Van de Moortele PF. A generalized slab-wise framework for parallel transmit multiband RF pulse design. Magn Reson Med 2016;75(4):1444-1456.

Wu X, Zhang X, Tian J, Schmitter S, Hanna B, Strupp J, Pfeuffer J, Hamm M, Wang D, Nistler J, He B, Vaughan TJ, Ugurbil K, Van de Moortele PF. Comparison of RF body coils for MRI at 3 T: a simulation study using parallel transmission on various anatomical targets. NMR Biomed 2015;28(10):1332-1344.

Wu X, Schmitter S, Auerbach E, Ugurbil K, Van de Moortele PF. Mitigating transmit B1 inhomogeneity in the liver at 7T using multi-spoke parallel transmit RF pulse design. Quantitative imaging in medicine and surgery 2014;4(1):4-10.

Wu X, Schmitter S, Auerbach EJ, Moeller S, Ugurbil K, Van de Moortele PF. Simultaneous multislice multiband parallel radiofrequency excitation with independent slice-specific transmit B1 homogenization. Magn Reson Med 2013;70(3):630–638.

Wu X, Adriany G, Ugurbil K, Van de Moortele PF. Correcting for Strong Eddy Current Induced B0 Modulation Enables Two-Spoke RF Pulse Design with Parallel Transmission: Demonstration at 9.4T in the Human Brain. PloS one 2013;8(10):e78078.

Wu X, Vaughan JT, Ugurbil K, Van de Moortele PF. Parallel excitation in the human brain at 9.4 T counteracting k-space errors with RF pulse design. Magn Reson Med 2010;63(2):524-529.

Wu X, Akgun C, Vaughan JT, Andersen P, Strupp J, Ugurbil K, Van de Moortele PF. Adapted RF pulse design for SAR reduction in parallel excitation with experimental verification at 9.4 T. J Magn Reson 2010;205(1):161-170.