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Jingfei Ma, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

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

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Regular Faculty, Medical Physics Program, University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Jingfei Ma, PhD, DABR, is Professor of Imaging Physics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  He is the director of the MR Applications Laboratory and serves as the primary physics support for the Abdominal and Breast MR sections.

He received his PhD in physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and joined GE Medical Systems first as an Applications Engineer in 1996 and then promoted to a Senior Scientist in 1999.  He began his career in MD Anderson as an Assistant Professor in Diagnostic Radiology in 2001 and became board-certified in Diagnostic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology in 2003. He was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2005 and to Professor in 2011.

His primary research interests are in the development of novel MRI techniques and clinical applications, particularly in phase-sensitive MRI, motion management, and functional MRI (e.g., DWI, DCE-MRI, MRS) for improved detection, assessment and early prediction of treatment efficacy of cancer. He is an inventor of over 20 US patents and an author of over 60 journal publications. Several of his MRI techniques have been commercialized and in worldwide routine clinical use.  He has been an active collaborator with radiologists, oncologists, imaging physicists, and industry.  He has been invited to many international and national conferences as well as outside institutions. He also has been a supervisor to junior faculty/staff, postdoctoral fellows, and students, and has twice received commendation from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for his contribution to education.


Research Interests

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Fast Imaging
  • Chemical Shift Imaging
  • Image Quality

Clinical Interests

  • Novel clinical applications of MRI
  • Novel clinical protocol development and optimization
  • Clinical MR image quality improvement

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1991 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, PHD, Physics
1986 University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, MS, Physics
1983 Beijing University, Beijing, China, BS, Physics

Board Certifications

2003 American Board of Radiology

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Ahmad M, Slavens ZW, Low R, Merkle E, Hwang KP, Vu A, Ma J. A method for automatic identification of water and fat images from a symmetrically-sampled dual-echo Dixon technique. Magn Reson Imaging 28(3):427-433, 2010.
2. Ma J, Costelloe CM, Madewell JE, Hortobagyi GN, Green MC,Cao G, Sun F, Kundra VF. Fast Dixon-based multi-sequence and multi-planner MRI for whole body detection of cancer metastases. J Magn Reson Imaging 29:1154-1162, 2009.
3. Ma J, Jackson EF, Kumar AJ, Ginsberg LE. Improving fat-suppressed T2-weighted imaging of head and neck with two fast spin echo Dixon techniques: initial experiences. Am J Neuroradiology 30:42-45, 2009.
4. Bhosale P, Ma J, Choi H. Utility of the FIESTA pulse sequence in body oncologic imaging review. Am J Roentgenology Integrative Imaging: Review 192(S83-S93), 2009.
5. Ma J. A single-point Dixon technique for fat-suppressed fast 3D gradient-echo imaging with a flexible echo time. J Magn Reson Imaging 27(4):881-890, 4/2008. PMID: 18302201.
6. Ma J, Vu AT, Son JB, Choi H, Hazle JD. Fat-suppressed three-dimensional dual echo Dixon technique for contrast agent enhanced MRI. J Magn Reson Imaging 23(1):36-41, 2006. PMID: 16315212.
7. Ma J. Breathhold water and fat imaging using a dual-echo two-point Dixon technique with an efficient and robust phase correction algorithm. Magn. Reson. Med. 52:415, 2004. PMID: 15282827.

Last updated: 5/19/2015