Phillip Zhe Sun, PhD


Titles and Roles

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


Phillip Zhe Sun, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Sun serves as director of the Imaging Center at Emory National Primate Research Center.

Dr. Sun is a member of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute. He is also a member of the Research Scientist Committee, American Society of NeuroRadiology, and a recipient of the Distinguished Investigator Award, Academy of Radiology Research. He holds memberships in numerous professional organizations, including the American Heart Association, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism.


Dr. Sun earned his PhD in the Radiological Science Joint Program from the Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He completed his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.


Dr. Sun's research has focused predominantly in two areas: development of new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methodology and its preclinical/clinical translation. He has played a vital role in advancing chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) and diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI), and evaluated their application in disorders such as acute stroke, tumor, epilepsy and kidney and muscular diseases. The National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association and pharmaceutical companies have funded Dr. Sun's research.


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