Zili David Chu, PhD

Department or Service


  • Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-TC4-RADS (832-824-7237) | 832-822-1866
Fax: 832-825-0260

Contact Information

Department of Radiology - Texas Children's Hospital
6701 Fannin Street, Suite 470
Houston, TX 77030
United States
Texas US

Senior Research Scientist

Texas Children's Hospital

Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia MO PhD Doctor of Philosophy 2002
Beijing Polytechnic University, Beijing, China masters Master of Science 1989
Beijing Polytechnic University, Beijing, China bachelors Bachelor of Science 1986


My goal is to apply my expertise in MR imaging to meet patient’s needs.

Clinical Interests:

My clinical interests are: 1) to improve clinical protocols with available technologies; 2) to identify various issues associated with the MR system, to perform first line troubleshooting and maintenance, and to assist in service engineer to solve the problem; 3) to ensure safety and image quality for patients with implants; 4) to provide necessary education and training to our staffs

Research Interests:

My research interests focus primarily on neural problems including development, function, connection and disease process by using advanced MRI imaging technologies such as structure, function, diffusion, perfusion and spectroscopy. I am also interested in translating new technologies and optimizing current technologies to better serve our pediatric patients.


Organization Name Role
American Association of Physicists in Medicine Member
The Society for Pediatric Radiology Member

Selected Publications

Paldino, Michael J., Golriz, F., Zhang, W., & Chu, Z. D. (2019). Normalization enhances brain network features that predict individual intelligence in children with epilepsy. PloS One 14(3), e0212901. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212901.

Paldino, M. J., Golriz, F., Chapieski, M. L., Zhang, W., & Chu, Z. D. (2017). Brain Network Architecture and Global Intelligence in Children with Focal Epilepsy. AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology 38(2), 349–356. https://doi.org/10.3174/ajnr.A4975.

Chu, Z., Wilde, E. A., Hunter, J. V., McCauley, S. R., Bigler, E. D., Troyanskaya, M., … Levin, H. S. (2010). Voxel-based analysis of diffusion tensor imaging in mild traumatic brain injury in adolescents. AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology 31(2), 340–346. http://www.ajnr.org/content/31/2/340.

Wilde EA, Ayoub KW, Bigler ED, Chu ZD, Hunter JV, Wu TC, McCauley SR, Levin HS. “Diffusion tensor imaging in moderate-to-severe pediatric traumatic brain injury: changes within an 18 month post-injury interval”, Brain Imaging Behav 2012 Sep, 6(3):404-16. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11682-012-9150-y.

Chu Z, Cohen AR, Muthupillai R, Chung T, Wang ZJ. “MRI measurement of hepatic magnetic susceptibility—Phantom validation and normal subject studies” Magn Reson Med 2004 Dec; 52(6):1318-27. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/mrm.20305

Wang ZJ, Fischer R, Chu Z, Mahoney DH Jr, Mueller BU, Muthupillai R, James EB, Krishnamurthy R, Chung T, Padua E, Vichinsky E, Harmatz P. “Assessment of cardiac iron by MRI susceptometry and R2* in patients with thalassemia”, Magn Reson Imaging (2010), Apr; 28(3)363-71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mri.2009.12.001.