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Qi  Cao

Qi Cao B.M., Ph.D.

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
Location: Gudelsky Building, C250a
Phone: 410-328-9586
Phone: 410-706-5414
Fax: 410-328-1600
Cell: 410-232-4848 (pager)
Lab: 410-706-5414

Personal History:

Assistant Professor and attending physcian, Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.

I am a physcian scientist at the UMB after I complished my residency in 2013. Before this appointment, I have studied molecular biology in alcoholic liver disease and non-alcoholic liver disease in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. I have published more than 30 articles in peer review journals.

Research Interests:

My goal is:

  1. to study the molecular imaging PET/CT and MR in the diagnosis and monitoring treatment response of liver disease and liver cancers.
  2. to collaborate with other investigators in various projects by using molecular imaging techniques including PET/CT and MR.

Clinical Speciality:

My clinical specialty is nulcear medicine including PET/CT imaging, myocardial imaging, bone scan, thyroid and parathyroid scan, and more.

Lab Techniques and Equipment:

My lab includes:

  1. a lab for molecular biology with cell isolation and culture from animal tissues in rats and mice with alcoholic fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic fibrosis. ELISA, Western blotting, PCR, etc.
  2. full access to small animal imaging PET/CT and MR


  1. Cao Q, Mak KM, Lieber CS. Dilinoleoylphosphatidylcholine decreases TGF-beta1-induced collagen mRNA by inhibiting p38 MAPK in hepatic stellate cells. Am J Physiol Gastrointestinal & Liver Physiol2002; 283(5):G1051-G1061.
  2. Lieber CS, Leo MA, Mak KM, Xu YQ, Cao Q, Ren CL, Ponomarenko A, DeCarli LM. Model of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, including steatohepatitis. Am. J. ClinNutr.2004; 79(3):502-9.
  3. Cao Q, Mak KM, Ren CL, and Lieber CS. Leptinstimulates tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 in human hepatic stellate cells: respective roles of the JAK-STAT and JAK-mediated H2O2-depedent MAPK pathways. J. Biol. Chem. 2004; 279(6):4292-4304.
  4. Cao Q, Mak KM, and Lieber CS. Cytochrome P4502E1 primes macrophages to increase TNF-alpha production in response to lipopolysaccharide. Am J. PhysiolGastrointest Liver PhysiolJuly 2005; 289(1):G95-G107.
  5. Liu H, Zheng F, Cao Q, Ren B, Zhu L, Striker G, Vlassara H. Amelioration of oxidant stress by the defensin lysozyme. Am. J. Physiol. EndocrinolMetab. May 2006; 290(5):E824-E832.
  6. Cao Q, K Mak, Lieber CS. Leptin represses matrix metalloproteinase-1 gene expression in LX-2 human hepatic stellate cells. Journal of Hepatology 2007; 46(1):124-33.
  7. You M, Cao Q, Liang X, Ajmo JM, Ness GC. Mammalian sirtuin 1 is involved in the protective action of dietary saturated fat against alcoholic fatty liver in mice. J Nutr. 2008; 138(3):497-501.
  8. Chen W, Cao Q, Dilsizian V. Variation of heart-to-mediastinal ratio in (123) I-mIBG cardiac sympathetic imaging: it's affecting factors and potential corrections. CurrCardiol Rep. 2011; 13(2):132-7.
  9. Cao Q, and Chen W. FDG PET imaging of large-vessel vasculitis. PET Clinic. 2012; 7:227-232.
  10. Chen W, Cao Q and Dilsizian V. Reply to the letter by Ben F. Bulten et al. regarding "Interobserver Variability of Heart-to-Mediastinum Ratio in I-123 MIBG Sympathetic Imaging"Current Cardiology Reports. 2012;14(4):391.
  11. Klein T, Dilsizian V, Cao Q, Chen W, Dickfeld T. The potential role of iodine-123 metaiodobeuanidine imaging for identifying sustained ventricular tachycardia in patients with cardiomyopathy. 2013;15:359.
  12. Cao Q, Lu M, Heath J, Hausner PF, Alexander, RH, Dilsizian V, and Chen W. F-18 FDG PET/CT in a recurrent diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. Clinical Nuclear Medicine 2012; 37:492-494.
  13. Singh SN, Cao Q, Gojo I, Rapoport AP, Akpek G. Durable complete remission after single agent decitabine in AML relapsing in extramedullary sites after allo-SCT.Bone Marrow Transplant.2012;47(7):1008-1009.
  14. Cao Q, Lu M,Huebner T,Dilsizian V, and Chen W. F-18 FDG PET/CT in a Rare Malignant Extra-skeletal Osteosarcoma. Radiology. Clin. Nuc. Med. 2013;38(9):e367-369.
  15. Cao Q, Jones L,Tkaczuk K,Smith M, Jenkins J, Dilsizian V, and Chen W. A Pilot Study of FDG PET/CT Detects a Link Between Brown Adipose Tissue and Breast Cancer. BMC Cancer. 2014;14:126.