Pei Zhong

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Anderson-Rupp Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

My research focuses on four broad and interconnected areas in the emerging field of therapeutic ultrasound, which is located at the interface of engineering, biology and clinical medicine. Current research interests in my group include:

  1. Ultrasound-targeted gene delivery and activation
  2. Synergistic combination of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and immunotherapy for cancer treatment
  3. Innovations in shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) technology
  4. Mechanics and bioeffects of acoustic cavitation.

We are taking an integrated and translational approach that combines fundamental research with engineering and applied technology development to devise novel and enabling ultrasonic techniques for a variety of clinical applications. Our fundamental research focuses on achieving a mechanistic understanding of the stress response of biological cells and tissues induced by ultrasound exposure. Based on this knowledge, we develop better instrumentation and treatment strategies for ultrasound-targeted gene delivery and activation in internal organs, for improving the overall efficacy of HIFU therapy for breast and prostate cancers, and for SWL treatment of renal calculi. A long-standing research effort in my laboratory is to understand the dynamics and biological consequences of the interaction of optically or acoustically generated cavitation bubble(s) with shock waves near a boundary or in constrained media. We employ a diverse range of experimental techniques including high-speed Schlieren and photoelastic imaging, pressure measurement via fiber optical probe hydrophone, as well as cell, phantom and animal models. Our research activities are primarily supported by NIH and through collaborations with the medical device industry.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Anderson-Rupp Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Enginnering and Materials Science
Contact Information:
  • Office Location: 1103 Engineering Annex, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5336
  • Email Address: pzhong@duke.edu
Education:

  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Dallas, 1992
  • M.S. Univ Texas Arlington, 1988

Research Interests:

Ultrasound-targeted gene delivery and activation; Synergistic combination of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and immunotherapy for cancer treatment; Innovations in shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) technology; and Mechanics and bioeffects of acoustic cavitation.

Specialties:

Acoustics
Lithotripsy
Fluid Mechanics
Medical Instrumentation
Cancer Diagnostics and Therapy

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Searle New Investigator Research Award, American Foundation for Urological Disease, 1994-1996
  • Young Investigator Award, VIII International Symposium on Urolithiasis, 1996

Courses Taught:
  • ME 336L: Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 394: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 493: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Smith, NB; Zhong, P, A heuristic model of stone comminution in shock wave lithotripsy., Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol 134 no. 2 (2013), pp. 1548-1558 [10.1121/1.4812876] [abs].
    • Lautz, J; Sankin, G; Zhong, P, Turbulent water coupling in shock wave lithotripsy., Physics in Medicine and Biology, vol 58 no. 3 (2013), pp. 735-748 [10.1088/0031-9155/58/3/735] [abs].
    • Sankin, GN; Piech, D; Zhong, P, Stereoscopic high-speed imaging using additive colors., Review of Scientific Instruments, vol 83 no. 4 (2012) [10.1063/1.3697747] [abs].
    • Huang, X; Yuan, F; Liang, M; Lo, HW; Shinohara, ML; Robertson, C; Zhong, P, M-HIFU inhibits tumor growth, suppresses STAT3 activity and enhances tumor specific immunity in a transplant tumor model of prostate cancer., PLoS One, vol 7 no. 7 (2012) [10.1371/journal.pone.0041632] [abs].
    • Sankin, GN; Yuan, F; Zhong, P, Pulsating tandem microbubble for localized and directional single-cell membrane poration., Physical Review Letters, vol 105 no. 7 (2010) [abs].
    • Qin, J; Simmons, WN; Sankin, G; Zhong, P, Effect of lithotripter focal width on stone comminution in shock wave lithotripsy., Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol 127 no. 4 (2010), pp. 2635-2645 [10.1121/1.3308409] [abs].
    • Liu, Y; Kon, T; Li, C; Zhong, P, High intensity focused ultrasound-induced gene activation in solid tumors., Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol 120 no. 1 (2006), pp. 492-501 [abs].
    • Sankin, GN; Simmons, WN; Zhu, SL; Zhong, P, Shock wave interaction with laser-generated single bubbles., Physical Review Letters, vol 95 no. 3 (2005) [abs].
    • Chen, WS; Lu, XC; Liu, YB; Zhong, P, The effect of surface agitation on ultrasound-mediated gene transfer in vitro, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol 116 no. 4 (2004), pp. 2440-2450 [10.1121/1.1777855] [abs].
    • Zhu, S; Cocks, FH; Preminger, GM; Zhong, P, The role of stress waves and cavitation in stone comminution in shock wave lithotripsy., Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, vol 28 no. 5 (2002), pp. 661-671 [abs].
    • Xi, X; Zhong, P, Dynamic photoelastic study of the transient stress field in solids during shock wave lithotripsy., Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol 109 no. 3 (2001), pp. 1226-1239 [abs].
    • Zhong, P; Zhou, Y; Zhu, S, Dynamics of bubble oscillation in constrained media and mechanisms of vessel rupture in SWL., Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, vol 27 no. 1 (2001), pp. 119-134 [abs].
    • Zhong, P; Lin, H; Xi, X; Zhu, S; Bhogte, ES, Shock wave-inertial microbubble interaction: methodology, physical characterization, and bioeffect study., Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol 105 no. 3 (1999), pp. 1997-2009 [abs].
    • Zhong, P; Chuong, CJ; Preminger, GM, Propagation of shock waves in elastic solids caused by cavitation microjet impact. II: Application in extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy., Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol 94 no. 1 (1993), pp. 29-36 [abs].
    • Zhong, P; Chuong, CJ, Propagation of shock waves in elastic solids caused by cavitation microjet impact. I: Theoretical formulation., Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol 94 no. 1 (1993), pp. 19-28 [abs].
    • Zhong, P; Chuong, CJ; Preminger, GM, Characterization of fracture toughness of renal calculi using a microindentation technique, Journal of Materials Science Letters, vol 12 no. 18 (1993), pp. 1460-1462 [abs].