Welcome to the Chen Ultrasound Laboratory! Our research laboratory combines engineering, biology, and medicine to develop innovative focused ultrasound techniques to improve the lives of patients with brain diseases.

Our team is currently searching for graduate students, postdocs, technicians, or staff scientists who are interested in joining us. For further details on this opportunity, kindly contact Dr. Chen via email at hongchen@wustl.edu.

Recent news

Chen Lab Develops New Practical Method for Generating Airy Beams

Chen Lab Develops New Practical Method for Generating Airy Beams
Led by Zhongtao Hu, the Chen lab recently developed a unique technique for generating ultrasound waves that can self-bend. The team designed and 3D printed a flexible and versatile tool known as Airy beam-enabled binary acoustic metasurfaces (AB-BAMs) for ultrasound beam manipulation. They then demonstrated the capability of AB-BAMs in water, as depicted in the […]

Chen Lab Retreat 2022

Chen Lab Retreat 2022
The Chen Ultrasound Lab had an eventful past weekend as they journeyed to Ridgedale, MO for their annual lab retreat. During the retreat, lab members participated in team building activities such as hiking through Table Rock Lakeshore Trail, relaxing at Moonshine Beach, and participating in a science-themed trivia game night. The team has plenty of […]

Zhongtao Received Poster Award at The 2022 Gordon Conference

Zhongtao Received Poster Award at The 2022 Gordon Conference
Zhongtao Hu received a Poster Award at the 2022 Gordon Conference on In Vivo Ultrasound Imaging. He presented on his design and 3D printing of the Airy Beam-enabled Binary Acoustic Metasurfaces (AB-BAMs). This tool enables flexible and versatile ultrasound beam manipulation, including a sharply focused, tunable, steerable beam, which is useful for various ultrasound applications. […]

WUSEF Students Join Chen Lab For Summer 2022

WUSEF Students Join Chen Lab For Summer 2022
Two students, Natalia Alonzo (left) and Camila Maneiro (right), have joined the Chen lab for summer 2022. These undergraduate students are part of WashU’s Summer Engineering Fellowship (WUSEF) program, a program designed to encourage exceptional STEM students from underrepresented backgrounds to participate in engineering research. We are very excited to have Natalia and Camila this summer […]

Hong Chen Receives $750K To Develop Wearable Sensors

Hong Chen Receives $750K To Develop Wearable Sensors
Dr. Hong Chen has received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to fund research on the development of wearable ultrasound sensors for the detection of cavitation in human brain. To read more about this, please visit here. Congratulations to the Chen lab team on the new grant!

Congratulations Dr. Chris Pacia!

Congratulations Dr. Chris Pacia!
Dr. Chris Pacia defended his thesis in April and has successfully earned his PhD from WashU! Chris has been an invaluable member of the lab since he joined and he is very proud of the work he accomplished these past few years. Chris will begin his next chapter as an Associate Consultant at Triangle Insights […]

Outstanding Job by Chen Lab Members at 21st Annual ISTU

Outstanding Job by Chen Lab Members at 21st Annual ISTU
An overall six members of the Chen Ultrasound Lab were accepted to give oral presentations at the 21st Annual International Symposium for Therapeutic Ultrasound. Each member gave amazing presentations, either virtually or in person, and everyone enjoyed sharing about their wonderful accomplishments in the lab. Congratulations to Lu Xu and Kevin Xu for being selected […]

Postdoc opening in the Chen Ultrasound Lab at WashU!

Postdoc opening in the Chen Ultrasound Lab at WashU!
Position Summary: Postdoctoral Research Associate positions are available in the Chen Ultrasound Lab at the Washington University in St. Louis. The mission of the Chen Ultrasound Lab is to develop innovative ultrasound techniques for improving the lives of patients with brain diseases. We are seeking candidates to work on multiple projects, including (1) Sonogenetics for noninvasive and […]

Yan’s paper on large volume brain drug delivery is accepted!

Yan’s paper on large volume brain drug delivery is accepted!
Yan Gong’s paper, titled “Comparison of sonication patterns and microbubble administration strategies for focused ultrasound-mediated large-volume drug delivery”, has been accepted by IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. Her paper highlights optimal strategies for achieving efficient and homogeneous large-volume drug delivery at brainstem, thus providing guidance for future clinical application of FUS-mediated DIPG treatment. Congratulations to […]