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Xiaochu Zhang, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Visiting Fellow

I am a postdoctoral visiting fellow in the Neuroimaging Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. I received my B.S. (2000) and Ph.D. (2005) in biophysics at the University of Science and Technology of China. In 2005 I joined Dr. Elliot A. Stein's laboratory. My research interests have focused on studying the neural mechanism of addiction combining functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Electroencephalogram techniques.


  • Use fMRI and EEG to understand the neural basis of cigarette craving
  • Use neurofeedback (realtime fMRI) to explore the potential application in the nicotine-abuse treatment
  • Use DTI and VBM to understand the effect of functional genetic polymorphisms on brain morphology and function in drug-abusers


  • Zhang X, Chen X, Zhang D, Sun D, Ma N, He S, & Hu X. Masked Smoking-related Images Modulate Brain Activity in Smokers. Human Brain Mapping 2009, 40; 896-907.
  • Sun Xa, Zhang Xa, Chen X, Zhang P, Bao M, Zhang D, Chen J, He S, & Hu X. Age-dependent brain activation during forward and backward digit recall revealed by fMRI. NeuroImage 2005, 26:36–47.
  • Li Z, Sun X, Wang Z, Zhang X, Zhang D, He S, & Hu X. Behavioral and functional MRI study of attention shift in human verbal working memory. NeuroImage 2004, 21:181–191.
  • Sun X, Zhang X, Zhang D, & Wang C. fMRI study of age-related changes in visual digital working memory. Chinese Computed Medical Imaging 2004, 10(3):195–200 (Chinese).
  • Sun X, Bao M, Zhang X, & Zhang D. fMRI study of auditory memory. Chinese Computed Medical Imaging 2004, 10(1) (Chinese). 
  • Zhang D, Zhang X, Sun X, Li Z, Wang Z, He S, & Hu X. Cross-modal temporal order memory for auditory digits and visual locations: An fMRI study. Human Brain Mapping 2004, 22:280–289.
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