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Kai Jiang, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Radiation Oncology

Phone (Primary):



(410) 328-2618

Education and Training

2006 - 2010         B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Tianjin University            

2010 - 2015         Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

2015 - 2019         Research Fellow, Nephrology and Hypertension, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

2017 - 2018         Certificate, Medical Physics, University of Florida

2019 - 2021         Residency, Medical Physics, University of Maryland Medical Center


Dr. Jiang received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. After completing the medical physics residency in June 2021, he was appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at University of Maryland School of Medicine. Currently, he works as a medical physicist at both the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and the Division of Translational Radiation Science (DTRS). At UMMS, he is involved in clinical physics activities and conducting clinical physics research. At DTRS, he provides physics support on kV irradiators (XRAD-320 and SARRP) and small-animal imaging for the translational research group. Dr. Jiang also conducts research studies invetigating the FLASH effects of ultra-high dose rate electron and proton beams on preclinical models. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

kilovoltage x-ray irradiation, small-animal MRI/CT, FLASH irradiation

Highlighted Publications

Jiang K, MacFarlane M, Mossahebi S, Zakhary M. Evaluation of treatment planning system accuracy in estimating the stopping power ratio of immobilization devices for proton therapy. JACMP 2023;e13831.

MacFarlane M, Jiang K, Mundis M, Sawant A, Nichols E, Chen SF, Biswal NC. Comparison of dosimetric uncertainties of the proton breast plans delivered with VisionRT and CBCT set up. JACMP 2021 (available online).

Jiang K, Fang Y, Ferguson CM, Tang H, Mishra PK, Macura SI, Lerman LO. Quantitative Magnetization Transfer Detects Renal Fibrosis in Murine Kidneys With Renal Artery Stenosis. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2020:27370.

Jiang K, Tang H, Mishra PK, Macura SI, Lerman LO. Measurement of murine kidney functional biomarkers using DCE-MRI: A multi-slice TRICKS technique and semi-automated image processing algorithm. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2019;63:226–234.

Jiang K, Ferguson CM, Woollard JR, Landes VL, Krier JD, Zhu X, Nayak KS, Lerman LO. Magnetization Transfer Imaging Is Unaffected by Decreases in Renal Perfusion in Swine. Invest. Radiol. 2019;54:681–688.

Jiang K, Ferguson CM, Lerman LO. Noninvasive assessment of renal fibrosis by magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound techniques. Transl. Res. 2019;209:105–120.

Jiang K, Tang H, Mishra PK, Macura SI, Lerman LO. A rapid T 1 mapping method for assessment of murine kidney viability using dynamic manganese-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging. Magn. Reson. Med. 2018;80:190–199.

Jiang K, Tang H, Mishra PK, Macura SI, Lerman LO. Measurement of Murine Single-Kidney Glomerular Filtration Rate Using Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI. Magn. Reson. Med. 2018;79:2935–2943.

Jiang K, Ferguson CM, Woollard JR, Zhu X, Lerman LO. Magnetization Transfer Magnetic Resonance Imaging Noninvasively Detects Renal Fibrosis in Swine Atherosclerotic Renal Artery Stenosis at 3.0 T. Invest. Radiol. 2017;52:686–692.

Jiang K, Ferguson CM, Ebrahimi B, Tang H, Kline TL, Burningham TA, Mishra PK, Grande JP, Macura SI, Lerman LO. Noninvasive Assessment of Renal Fibrosis with Magnetization Transfer MR Imaging: Validation and Evaluation in Murine Renal Artery Stenosis. Radiology 2017;283:77–86.

Jiang K, Li W, Li W, Jiao S, Castel L, Van Wagoner DR, Yu X. Rapid multislice T 1 mapping of mouse myocardium: Application to quantification of manganese uptake in α-Dystrobrevin knockout mice. Magn. Reson. Med. 2015;74:1370–1379.

Jiang K, Yu X. Quantification of regional myocardial wall motion by cardiovascular magnetic resonance. Quant. Imaging Med. Surg. 2014;4:345–57.











Awards and Affiliations

2012, 2014, 2016         ISMRM Conference Travel Award   

2016                            IUPUI Imaging Symposium Early-Career Investigator Award

2017                            Excellent reviewer of Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

2018                            Invited Speaker at the 2018 Renal Imaging Symposium at NIH      

2018, 2019                  The ISMRM Magna Cum Laude Merit Award (top 15%, 4 times)  

Grants and Contracts

1. Varian Medical Systems, Inc. PI: Isabel Lauren Jackson           08/21-06/23

    Nonclinical efficacy screen for ultra-high dose rate proton therapy in a sex-and age-matched C57L/J mouse model of hemi-thoracic irradiation-induced pneumonitis/fibrosis

    Role: Co-Investigator

2. RSNA Research Education Grant. PI: Soha Bazyar         07/2023-07/2024

    Evaluation of the effect of various dose rates of FLASH-RT on normal murine lung tissue

    Role: Co-Investigator