Magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, rapid imaging techniques, image reconstruction methods, quantification and analysis, with applications to obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Hu's research focuses on the application of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging (MRI) to study the accumulation of fat within the human body. Dr. Hu works on signal and image processing theory, model based image reconstruction, quantification techniques, protocol optimization, and image analysis. Dr. Hu collaborates with scientists and clinicians from the Keck School of Medicine to promote MRI in the study the biological mechanisms underlying energy balance, nutrition, metabolism, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, particularly in children and adolescents.
Dr. Houchun Harry Hu is a research assistant professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at USC. He received his B.S. degree in Biomedical and Biochemical Engineering from USC in 2001 and a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences / Medical Imaging from the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) in 2006.