Hui Mao, PhD


Titles and Roles

Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Hui Mao, PhD is Professor in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Mao is a member of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics research program at Winship Cancer Institute.

Dr. Mao is a Distinguished Investigator of the Academy of Radiological Research, and Chair and Charter Member of the NIH Study Section for Molecular Imaging and Probe Development.


Dr. Mao received his PhD from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and a MS from Nanjing University in Nanjing, China.


Research in Dr. Mao's laboratory is focused on developing and utilizing imaging technologies, especially magnetic resonance methods, to address biological questions and solve medical problems with strong emphases on translational research and potential clinical applications to major diseases, such as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. The research areas, funded by multiple NIH grants, are: MR spectroscopy based diagnosis and metabolomics, novel MRI contrast materials, image-guided drug delivery, molecular imaging probes, functional MRI and nanomedicine.


Dr. Mao has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals.

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Dr. Mao is a recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the "One-in-a-Hundred" Outstanding Mentor Award for post-doctoral education. In 2015, Dr. Mao received the Emory 1% Award which recognizes Emory faculty whose National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposals have been ranked in the top 1% by NIH reviewers.

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