PEOPLE

Principal Investigator


Dr. Ling Jian Meng

 

Associate Professor, Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering

Affiliated Faculty Member, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Office: 111E Talbot Laboratory, 104 S Wright St, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Tel: 217-333-7710 Fax: 217-333-2906

Email: ljmeng@illinois.edu

 

 

 

Graduate Students


Jonathan George

NPRE PhD Student

B.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011

M.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2016

 

Research Interests

My research interests include x-ray fluorescence, x-ray luminescence imaging, and theranostic techniques. My undergraduate and graduate training was a mix of nuclear engineering, chemistry, and molecular biology. I have a particular interest in investigating applications of theranostics for gliobastomas and astrocytomas.

Email: jgeorge3@illinois.edu

 

 

Elena Maria Zannoni

BIOE PhD Student

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy, 2013

M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy, 2015

Research Interests

My research interests focus on developing advanced ionizing and ion-ionizing molecular imaging techniques such as MRI-compatible SPECT system, exploring statistical techniques for the design and optimization of complex imaging systems and, delving into advanced image formation techniques for emission tomography. Finally, I want to concretize all my effort in preclinical and clinical applications such as tracking radiolabeled stem cells in gliomas or imaging other innovative carriers for theranostic purpose.

Email: zannoni2@illinois.edu

 

Jiajin Zhang

NPRE MS Student

B.S. Applied Physics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 2017

 

Research Interests

My current research interests focus on some fundamental problems in detector physics and radiological imaging system development, which would be the footstone of the research based on X-ray fluorescence computer tomography (XFCT). Finally, I will focus on the XFCT preclinical and clinical applications.

Email: jianjinz2@illinois.edu

 

Yunlai Chen

NPRE MS Student

B.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 2017

 

Research Interests

My research interest includes advanced radiological imaging technique like Compton cameras and PET, radiation therapy, and exploring statistical technique to improve radiological imaging performance. I am also interested in image processing and I want to develop an imaging system which can give both high-quality image and high-accuracy diagnosis. Finally I want to transfer my effort to fundamental clinic problems.

Email: yunlaic2@illinois.edu

 

Zhihua Liu

NPRE PhD Student

B.S. Nuclear Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, 2011

M.S. Nuclear Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, 2014

 

Research Interests

My research interests focus on radiological imaging techniques. Currently I will be working on Monte Carlo techniques related to the use of fast neutrons for non-destructive essay (NDE) of spent fuel casks, especially for verifying the potential damage to fuel rod assembly in transportation fuel casks.

Email: zhihual2@illinois.edu