Dr. Jingwen Yao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiological Sciences at UCLA, and a faculty member of the Physics & Biology in Medicine graduate program. She received her M.B.B.S. in China and later completed her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at UCLA. After finishing her postdoctoral training at UCSF, she is excited to return to UCLA as a faculty. Dr. Yao’s research focuses on the development and validation of advanced MRI techniques for applications in brain tumors and movement disorders, with a specific focus on imaging the microenvironment alterations. Her current research involves: (1) developing and validating imaging biomarkers sensitive to different aspect of disease microenvironment, including CEST for detection of tissue acidity and QSM for iron quantification and macrophage imaging, (2) application of advanced imaging techniques for the characterization of pathophysiological processes in brain tumor and movement disorders, including Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease. The research involves various aspects of biomarker development, including sequence development, image acquisition and reconstruction, post-processing, quantitative image analysis, pre-clinical investigation, and clinical translation and evaluation.