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Quan received a four-year full ride Scholarship for Outstanding Mainland Student (Education Bureau, Hong Kong) to obtain a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Biology (field of study: Biotechnology) and Chemistry from Hong Kong Baptist University. In her honors thesis, she investigated the acute and prolonged effects of alcohol intake on dopamine receptor expression in the substantia nigra. Quan completed her MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering (fields of study: Biomaterial and Biomedical Imaging, respectively) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she was awarded the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement. Her doctoral research on optical and photoacoustic imaging for early detection of liver and colorectal cancers with molecular targeting probes received the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation Award. Quan is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Li Lab and the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) conducting a Phase I/II clinical trial on fluorescence-guided neurosurgery with an EGFR-targeting near-infrared antibody to improve resection accuracy of brain malignancies. Her recent work has established a theranostic imaging and analysis framework in both human and animal models to predict therapeutic distribution in brain tumors from clinical, radiographic and tumor microenvironment features. Her projects also include intratumoral immunosuppression of high-grade glioma and enhanced antibody delivery across the blood-brain barrier.Quan has served as a formal mentor (183 mentees) and informal counselor (2550+ trainees) for students of all ages and backgrounds. In 2017 she became the first non-faculty recipient of Willie Hobbs Moore Aspire Advance Achieve Mentoring Award recognizing her outstanding mentorship in multiple academic, outreach and athletic programs, and her leadership roles in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi (TBP) and the University of Michigan Table Tennis Club (UMTTC). In 2015-2017, Quan and her teammates represented University of Michigan in winning the NCTTA Great Lakes Regional Championships. At Stanford, she has been a key organizer for the MIPS Journal Club, bringing in experts in quantum computing for clinical imaging frontiers. In her spare time, Quan enjoys reading, stand-up comedy and long walks.
Dr. Zhou has made substantial contributions to the field of biomedical engineering. Dr. Zhou conducts her research on a highly specialized area focusing on molecular imaging, which has applications in biomedical imaging and clinical oncology. Dr. Zhou’s research addresses some of the nation’s most pressing issues related to the development of effective biomedical imaging approaches for accurate diagnosis of prevalent human diseases and improving effectiveness of their treatment. Her innovations in biomedical imaging technology are important for detection and management of deadly diseases including brain, head-and-neck, pancreatic, liver and colorectal cancers as well as cardiovascular sclerosis. Her strong background in biological sciences and biomedical engineering as well as her experience in both translational and clinical research have helped her develop multiple disease-specific molecular probes and miniature imaging devices for image-guided surgery of cancers and cardiovascular plaque detection.Dr. Zhou’s research has led to emergence of novel solutions and opportunities, in particular, for molecular imaging of cancer and other diseases, for discovering, leveraging and integration of cancer biomarker and tumor microenvironment information, and for novel approaches to acquire real-time high-resolution contrast enhanced cancer visualization and optimization based on imaging depth, quality and speed. Dr. Zhou has been able to formulate the involved clinical and biological problems into biomedical engineering frameworks and find ways to exploit a variety of modern techniques and approaches from photoacoustic imaging, fluorescence-guided surgery, micro-electromechanical systems and biomedical instrumentation in developing elegant and effective solutions. Her work in the Neurosurgery Department and Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford involves research related to developing tumor-specific molecular probes, advanced imaging methods and therapeutic delivery systems for adult and pediatric patients with malignant brain cancers to improve margin detection, enhance resection accuracy, and improve treatment outcome.