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Zibo Li, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member with an interest in molecular imaging and techniques for non-invasive detection of cancer at the earliest stage.

UNC-Chapel Hill
Clinical Research

Area of Interest

During the last decade, tremendous progress has been made in the development of novel molecular imaging probes and techniques for non-invasive detection of cancer and its metastasis at the earliest stage. Zibo Li, PhD, has been involved with and has had a keen interest in molecular imaging throughout his career. He has held various positions related to molecular imaging and already has made significant contributions to the field. He has successfully secured research grant from the American Cancer Society and NIBIB/NIH (R01). His research also involved the combinations of imaging technologies (called multimodality imaging), which may provide accurate anatomical and functional information simultaneously.

Awards and Honors

  • Top 10 Poster Award (3rd place), Probes for Oncology, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2013
  • Top 10 Poster Award, Molecular Targeting Probes, Radioactive & Nonradioactive Track, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2012
  • Mark Tetalman Memorial Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2011
  • Breast Cancer Imaging: State of Art Young Investigator Award, 2011
  • Research Award, Margaret E. Early Medical Research Trust, 2009
  • James H. Zumberge Faculty Research & Innovation Fund, University of Southern California, 2009
  • Institutional Research Grant, American Cancer Society, 2009
  • The Journal of Nuclear Medicine paper “PET/MRI dual-modality tumor imaging using arginine-glycineaspartic (RGD)-conjugated radiolabeled iron oxide nanoparticles” was selected as one of the three best basic science papers for 2008 by the JNM editorial board and the Editor, 2009
  • SNM Travel Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2008
  • Benedict Cassen Postdoctoral Fellowship, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2008
  • Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council Young Investigator Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2007
  • Young Professionals Committee Best Basic Science Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2007
  • Dean’s Fellowship from the Graduate School, Stanford University, 2006
  • Allen T. Gwathmey Memorial Award from the Graduate School, University of Virginia, 2005
  • Distinguished Poster Presentation from Chemistry Department, University of Virginia, 2004

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