Bio

Honors & Awards


  • Micro Fund Award, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2019)
  • Top36, Jumpstarter (2019)
  • Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Fellowship, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (2018)
  • 1st Runner-up, Student Research Award, The Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (2017)
  • Travel Award, IEEE International Ultrasonics symposium (2017)
  • Best Student Oral Presentation Award, The 8th WACBE World Congress on Bioengineering (2017)
  • Talent Development Scholarship, HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (2016/2017)
  • Third Prize of Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Fellowship, Cold Spring Harbor Asia, Francis Crick Symposium (2017)
  • Travel Scholarship, Janelia conference: From light to sound, frontiers in deep tissue imaging (2017)
  • Young Investigator Travel Award, 2nd International Brain Stimulation Conference (2017)
  • Biophysical Journal Outstanding Poster Award in the student category, Biophysical society (2016)
  • Best Student Presentation Award, The 11th International Conference on Photonics and Imaging in Biology and Medicine (2013)

Professional Education


  • Bachelor of Science, Fujian Normal University (2012)
  • Master of Philosophy, Fujian Normal University (2015)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2019)

Stanford Advisors


Patents


  • Lei Sun, Zhihai Qiu, Yaoheng Yang, Jinghui Guo, Shashwati Kala. "United States Patent US20190308035A1 A non-invasive method for selective neural stimulation by ultrasound", The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Mar 10, 2018

Publications

All Publications


  • Nonlinear photoacoustic generation by pump-probe excitation Cao, F., Qiu, Z., Wong, K., Lai, P., Sun, L., Oraevsky, A. A., Wang, L. V. SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING. 2019

    View details for DOI 10.1117/12.2507342

    View details for Web of Science ID 000484589800060

  • The mechanosensitive ion channel Piezo1 significantly mediates in vitro ultrasonic stimulation of neurons iScience Qiu, Z., Guo, J., Kala, S., Zhu, J., Xian, Q., Qiu, W., Li, G., Zhu, T., Meng, L., Zhang, R., Chan, H. C., Zheng, H., Sun, L. 2019
  • PINK1/Parkin-Mediated Mitophagy Promotes Resistance to Sonodynamic Therapy. Cellular physiology and biochemistry : international journal of experimental cellular physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology Song, L., Huang, Y., Hou, X., Yang, Y., Kala, S., Qiu, Z., Zhang, R., Sun, L. 2018; 49 (5): 1825–39

    Abstract

    Sonodynamic therapy (SDT), based on the synergistic effect of low-intensity ultrasound and sonosensitizer, is a potential approach for non-invasive treatment of cancers. In SDT, mitochondria played a crucial role in cell fate determination. However, mitochondrial activities and their response to SDT remain elusive. The purpose of this study was to examine the response of mitochondria to SDT in tumor cells.A human breast adenocarcinoma cell line - MCF-7 cells were subjected to 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-SDT, with an average ultrasonic intensity of 0.25W/cm2. Mitochondrial dynamics and redox balance were examined by confocal immunofluorescence microscopy and western blot. The occurrence of mitophagy was determined by confocal immunofluorescence microscopy.Our results showed that ALA-SDT could induce mitochondrial dysfunction through mitochondrial depolarization and fragmentation and lead to mitophagy. The Parkin-dependent signaling pathway was involved and promoted resistance to ALA-SDT induced cell death. Finally, excessive production of ROS was found to be necessary for the initiation of mitophagy.Taken together, we conclude that ROS produced by 5-ALA-SDT could initiate PINK1/Parkin-mediated mitophagy which may exert a protective effect against 5-ALA-SDT-induced cell death in MCF-7 cells.

    View details for DOI 10.1159/000493629

    View details for PubMedID 30231241

  • Temporal evolutional acoustic pattern generated by a 3D printed Fresnel lens-focused transducer Lin, P., Fei, C., Chen, Q., Sun, X., Wu, Y., Qiu, Z., Sun, L., IEEE IEEE. 2018
  • Visualization of Porphyrin-Based Photosensitizer Distribution from Fluorescence Images In Vivo Using an Optimized RGB Camera JOURNAL OF APPLIED SPECTROSCOPY Liu, L., Huang, Z., Qiu, Z., Li, B. 2018; 84 (6): 1124–30
  • Photoacoustic Imaging in Oxygen Detection APPLIED SCIENCES-BASEL Cao, F., Qiu, Z., Li, H., Lai, P. 2017; 7 (12)

    View details for DOI 10.3390/app7121262

    View details for Web of Science ID 000419175800058

  • Ultrasonic Characteristics and Cellular Properties of Anabaena Gas Vesicles. Ultrasound in medicine & biology Yang, Y., Qiu, Z., Hou, X., Sun, L. 2017; 43 (12): 2862–70

    Abstract

    Ultrasound imaging is a common modality in clinical examination and biomedical research, but has not played a significant role in molecular imaging for lack of an appropriate contrast agent. Recently, biogenic gas vesicles (GVs), naturally formed by cyanobacteria and haloarchaea, have exhibited great potential as an ultrasound molecular imaging probe with a much smaller size (∼100 nm) and improved imaging contrast. However, the basic acoustic and biological properties of GVs remain unclear, which hinders future application. Here, we studied the fundamental acoustic properties of a rod-shaped gas vesicle from Anabaena, a kind of cyanobacterium, including attenuation, oscillation resonance, and scattering, as well as biological behaviors (cellular internalization and cytotoxicity). We found that GVs have two resonance peaks (85 and 120 MHz). We also observed a significant non-linear effect and its pressure dependence as well. Ultrasound B-mode imaging reveals sufficient echogenicity of GVs for ultrasound imaging enhancement at high frequencies. Biological characterization also reveals endocytosis and non-toxicity.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2017.08.004

    View details for PubMedID 28889941

  • Determination of Optical and Microvascular Parameters of Port Wine Stains Using Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy. Advances in experimental medicine and biology Qiu, Z., Yao, G., Chen, D., Wang, Y., Gu, Y., Li, B. 2016; 923: 359–65

    Abstract

    Characterizing port wine stains (PWS) with its optical parameters [i.e. absorption coefficient (μ a) and reduced scattering coefficient (μ s')] and microvascular parameters [i.e. blood volume fraction (BVF), mean vessel diameter (MVD), and oxygen saturation (StO2)] is extremely important for elucidating the mechanisms for its light-based treatments, such as pulsed dye laser and photodynamic therapy. In this study, a customized diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) probe with an appropriate source-detector distance was used to measure the diffuse reflectance spectra of PWS lesions in clinical practice. The results demonstrate that optical parameters of different types of PWS lesions can be accurately extracted by fitting the DRS with diffusion equation. Since the sampling depth of the probe coincides with the depth distribution of abnormal vasculature in PWS, the obtained microvascular parameters of PWS lesions that changed from pink to purple are in agreement with the corresponding physiological conditions. This study suggests that DRS can be utilized to quantitatively determine the optical and microvascular parameters of PWS lesions, which have the potential for planning the protocol and predicting the efficiency for light-based PWS treatments.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-38810-6_47

    View details for PubMedID 27526164

  • Deep brain stimulation of pallidal versus subthalamic for patients with Parkinson's disease: a meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials. Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment Xu, F., Ma, W., Huang, Y., Qiu, Z., Sun, L. 2016; 12: 1435–44

    Abstract

    Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder that affects many people every year. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective nonpharmacological method to treat PD motor symptoms. This meta-analysis was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of subthalamic nucleus (STN)-DBS versus globus pallidus internus (GPi)-DBS in treating advanced PD.Controlled clinical trials that compared STN-DBS to GPi-DBS for short-term treatment of PD in adults were researched up to November 2015. The primary outcomes were the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale Section (UPDRS) III score and the levodopa-equivalent dosage (LED) after DBS. The secondary outcomes were the UPDRS II score and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) score.Totally, 13 studies containing 1,148 PD patients were included in this meta-analysis to compare STN-DBS versus GPi-DBS. During the off-medication state, the pooled weighted mean difference (WMD) of UPDRS III and II scores were -2.18 (95% CI =-5.11 to 0.74) and -1.96 (95% CI =-3.84 to -0.08), respectively. During the on-medication state, the pooled WMD of UPDRS III and II scores were 0.15 (95% CI =-1.14 to 1.44) and 1.01 (95% CI =0.12 to 1.89), respectively. After DBS, the pooled WMD of LED and BDI were -254.48 (95% CI =-341.66) and 2.29 (95% CI =0.83 to 3.75), respectively.These results indicate that during the off-medication state, the STN-DBS might be superior to GPi-DBS in improving the motor function and activities of daily living for PD patients; but during the on-medication state, the opposite result is observed. Meanwhile, the STN-DBS is superior at reducing the LED, whereas the GPi-DBS shows a significantly greater reduction in BDI score after DBS.

    View details for DOI 10.2147/NDT.S105513

    View details for PubMedID 27382286

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC4922776

  • Effect of oxygen concentration on singlet oxygen luminescence detection Chen, L., Lin, L., Li, Y., Lin, H., Qiu, Z., Gu, Y., Li, B. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2014: 98–102
  • Monitoring blood volume fraction and oxygen saturation in port-wine stains during vascular targeted photodynamic therapy with diffuse reflectance spectroscopy Photonics & Lasers in Medicine Qiu, Z., Chen, D., Wang, Y., Yao, G., Gu, Y., Li, B. 2014; 3 (3)
  • Advanced optical techniques for monitoring dosimetric parameters in photodynamic therapy Li, B., Qiu, Z., Huang, Z., Luo, Q., Gu, Y., Li, X. D. SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING. 2012

    View details for DOI 10.1117/12.2001727

    View details for Web of Science ID 000322824000007