Hong Chen

Prof. Hong Chen joined Washington University in St. Louis in July 2015. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering from the University of Washington in 2011. After graduation, she worked as a senior fellow in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. From 2012 to 2015, she was a postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. She has obtained significant training and made scientific contributions in physical acoustics, therapeutic ultrasound, and ultrasound imaging. In 2005, she received the RWB Stephen’s prize at the World Congress in Ultrasonics/Ultrasonics International.  Three years later she was given the Student Paper Award from IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium. She was named the Young Investigator Award at the Focused Ultrasound International Symposium in 2014 in recognition of her “outstanding research in the field of focused ultrasound”.

  • PhD, Bioengineering, University of Washington, 2011
  • MS, Biomedical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, 2006
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, 2003
Honors and Awards
  • 2019 The 1st place professional poster prize at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Society Novel Approaches Target Brain Barriers for Effective Delivery of Therapeutics Workshop.
  • 2019 Chair’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, Department of Biomedical Engineering, James McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2019
  • 2018 Received funding from the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.
  • 2018 Member, Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, November 2018 – current
  • 2014 Young Investigator Award, 4th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound
  • 2011 Finalist for Student Paper Competition, the International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • 2011 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Bioengineering Department, University of Washington
  • 2008 Student Paper Award, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium
  • 2005 R.W.B. Stephens Prize Winner, the World Congress in Ultrasonics/Ultrasonics International



  • Image-guided focused ultrasound-mediated intranasal brain drug delivery technique (FUSIN). NIH/NIBIB [R01EB027223]
  • FOCUS: functional optical imaging feedback-controlled cellular-level ultrasound stimulation. NIH/NIMH [R01 MH116981]
  • Passive sonar for cavitation detection in the brain. Office of Naval Research [GRANT12716430]
  • Characterization of soft fibrous materials by MRI of ultrasound-induced shear wavesNSF/CMMI [#1727412]


  • Image-guided drug delivery for improved treatment of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Children’s Discovery Institute [MC-II-2017-637]
  • Focused Ultrasound‐enabled Brain Tumor Liquid Biopsy. Washington University Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research Seed Grant 2019
  • Focused Ultrasound‐enabled Brain Tumor Liquid Biopsy: Detecting Brain Cancer Without a Knife. Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS)
  • Noninvasive, Localized, and Direct Brain Drug Delivery by Focused Ultrasound-mediated Intranasal Delivery (FUSIN). American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant [IRG-58-010-61-1]
  • MR-compatible Focused Ultrasound for Measuring Mechanical Properties of Deep Brain Tissue at High Frequencies. Office of Naval Research DURIP
  • Focused ultrasound-enabled brain tumor liquid biopsy. Clinical-Biology Seed Grant from the Department of Radiation Oncology
  • Focused ultrasound-enabled delivery of theranostic liposomes for cancer treatment. Center for Myeloma Medical Nanotechnology Seed Grant
  • Noninvasive, localized, and controlled delivery of gold nanoparticles for enhancing radiotherapy of brain tumors. SEAS Collaboration Initiation Grants.