Skip to Content

Geng Ku, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Systems Imaging, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1881 East Road
Unit Number: 1907
Houston, TX 77054-1907
Room Number: 3SCR4.3612
Phone: 713/745-0304
Fax: 713/834-6073

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2004 Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, PHD, Biomedical Engineering
1989 Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China, MS, Optoelectronic Engineering
1984 Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China, BE, Optical Engineering


Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Experimental Diagnostic Imaging, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 9/2009-5/2013
Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 8/2006-9/2009
Research Scientist, Optical Imaging, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 12/2004-8/2006
Assistant Professor, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China, 9/1989-5/1997

Professional Memberships

Applied Optics, TX
Reviewer, 2004-present
Biomedical Engineering Society
Member, 2006-2008
International Society for Optics and Photonics
Member, 1998-present
Journal of Biomedical Optics
Reviewer, 2006-present
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Reviewer, 2001-2006
Optic Letters
Reviewer, 1998-present
Optical Engineering
Reviewer, 2004-present
Optical Society of America
Member, 2000-present
Physics in Medicine and Biology, TX
Reviewer, 2003-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Song S, Xiong C, Lu W, Ku G, Huang G, Li C. Apoptosis Imaging Probe Predicts Early Chemotherapy Response in Preclinical Models: A Comparative Study with 18F-FDG PET. J Nucl Med 54(1):104-10, 1/2013. PMID: 23283564.
2. Ku G, Zhou M, Song S, Huang Q, Hazle J, Li C. Copper Sulfide Nanoparticles As a New Class of Photoacoustic Contrast Agent for Deep Tissue Imaging at 1064 nm. ACS Nano 6(8):7489-96, 8/2012. e-Pub 7/2012. PMCID: PMC3429766.
3. Lu W, Melancon MP, Xiong C, Huang Q, Elliott A, Song S, Zhang R, Flores LG, Gelovani JG, Wang LV, Ku G, Stafford RJ, Li C. Effects of photoacoustic imaging and photothermal ablation therapy mediated by targeted hollow gold nanospheres in an orthotopic mouse xenograft model of glioma. Cancer Res 71(19):6116-21, 10/2011. e-Pub 8/2011. PMCID: PMC3185126.
4. Song S, Xiong C, Zhou M, Lu W, Huang Q, Ku G, Zhao J, Flores LG, Ni Y, Li C. Small-Animal PET of Tumor Damage Induced by Photothermal Ablation with 64Cu-Bis-DOTA-Hypericin. J Nucl Med 52(5):792-9, 5/2011. e-Pub 4/2011. PMID: 21498539.
5. Lu W, Huang Q, Ku G, Wen X, Zhou M, Guzatov D, Brecht P, Su R, Oraevsky A, Wang LV, Li C. Photoacoustic imaging of living mouse brain vasculature using hollow gold nanospheres. Biomaterials 31(9):2617-26, 3/2010. e-Pub 12/2009. PMCID: PMC2813997.
6. Ku G, Maslov K, Li L, Wang LV. Photoacoustic microscopy with 2-microm transverse resolution. J Biomed Opt 15(2):021302, Mar-Apr, 3/2010. PMCID: PMC2857454.
7. Li L, Maslov K, Ku G, Wang LV. Three-dimensional combined photoacoustic and optical coherence microscopy for in vivo microcirculation studies. Opt Express 17(19):16450-5, 9/2009. PMCID: PMC2855548.
8. Pramanik M, Ku G, Wang LV. Tangential resolution improvement in thermoacoustic and photoacoustic tomography using a negative acoustic lens. J Biomed Opt 14(2):024028, Mar-Apr, 3/2009. PMCID: PMC2858381.
9. Xie Y, Guo B, Li J, Ku G, Wang LV. Adaptive and robust methods of reconstruction (ARMOR) for thermoacoustic tomography. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 55(12):2741-52, 12/2008. PMID: 19126453.
10. Li C, Ku G, Wang LV. Negative lens concept for photoacoustic tomography. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys 78(2 Pt 1):021901, 8/2008. e-Pub 8/2008. PMCID: PMC2602847.
11. Pramanik M, Ku G, Li C, Wang LV. Design and evaluation of a novel breast cancer detection system combining both thermoacoustic (TA) and photoacoustic (PA) tomography. Med Phys 35(6):2218-23, 6/2008. PMCID: PMC2673632.
12. Li C, Pramanik M, Ku G, Wang LV. Image distortion in thermoacoustic tomography caused by microwave diffraction. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys 77(3 Pt 1):031923, 3/2008. e-Pub 3/2008. PMID: 18517438.
13. Li ML, Oh JT, Xueyi Xie, Ku G, Wang W, Li C, Lungu G, Stoica G, Wang LV. Simultaneous molecular and hypoxia imaging of brain tumors in vivo using spectroscopic photoacoustic tomography. Proceedings of the IEEE 96(3):481-489, 3/2008.
14. Wang X, Xie X, Ku G, Wang LV, Stoica G. Noninvasive imaging of hemoglobin concentration and oxygenation in the rat brain using high-resolution photoacoustic tomography. J Biomed Opt 11(2):024015, Mar-Apr, 3/2006. PMID: 16674205.
15. Ku G, Fornage BD, Jin X, Xu M, Hunt KK, Wang LV. Thermoacoustic and photoacoustic tomography of thick biological tissues toward breast imaging. Technol Cancer Res Treat 4(5):559-66, 10/2005. PMID: 16173826.
16. Ku G, Wang LV. Deeply penetrating photoacoustic tomography in biological tissues enhanced with an optical contrast agent. Opt Lett 30(5):507-9, 3/2005. PMID: 15789718.
17. Anastasio MA, Zhang J, Pan X, Zou Y, Ku G, Wang LV. Half-time image reconstruction in thermoacoustic tomography. IEEE Trans Med Imaging 24(2):199-210, 2/2005. PMID: 15707246.
18. Ku G, Wang X, Xie X, Stoica G, Wang LV. Imaging of tumor angiogenesis in rat brains in vivo by photoacoustic tomography. Appl Opt 44(5):770-5, 2/2005. PMID: 15751858.
19. Ku G, Wang X, Stoica G, Wang LV. Multiple-bandwidth photoacoustic tomography. Phys Med Biol 49(7):1329-38, 4/2004. PMID: 15128208.
20. Wang X, Ku G, Wegiel MA, Bornhop DJ, Stoica G, Wang LV. Noninvasive photoacoustic angiography of animal brains in vivo with near-infrared light and an optical contrast agent. Opt Lett 29(7):730-2, 4/2004. PMID: 15072373.
21. Wang X, Pang Y, Ku G, Stoica G, Wang LV. Three-dimensional laser-induced photoacoustic tomography of mouse brain with the skin and skull intact. Opt Lett 28(19):1739-41, 10/2003. PMID: 14514085.
22. Wang X, Pang Y, Ku G, Xie X, Stoica G, Wang LV. Noninvasive laser-induced photoacoustic tomography for structural and functional in vivo imaging of the brain. Nat Biotechnol 21(7):803-6, 7/2003. e-Pub 6/2003. PMID: 12808463.
23. Li J, Sakadzic S, Ku G, Wang LV. Transmission-and side-detection configurations in ultrasound-modulated optical tomography of thick biological tissues. Appl Opt 42(19):4088-94, 7/2003. PMID: 12868851.
24. Li J, Ku G, Wang LV. Ultrasound-modulated optical tomography of biological tissue by use of contrast of laser speckles. Appl Opt 41(28):6030-5, 10/2002. PMID: 12371565.
25. Feng D, Xu Y, Ku G, Wang LV. Microwave-induced thermoacoustic tomography: reconstruction by synthetic aperture. Med Phys 28(12):2427-31, 12/2001. PMID: 11797945.

Last updated: 9/12/2014