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Yingchun Zhang, PhD

Assistant Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Biography

Dr. Zhang earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China in 2004. He held a faculty appointment at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis before joining the faculty of the University of Houston in 2012 and becoming an assistant affiliate member of Houston Methodist Research Institute in 2014. Dr. Zhang is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston. He directs a predictive modeling and functional imaging research program focusing on clinical diagnosis technology of urogenital dysfunction and other disorders in the human body through the fusion of functional bioelectrical activity/impedance imaging, electrical stimulation and recording, advanced computational modeling and electrophysiological/biomechanical analysis. Dr. Zhang is a recipient of NIH Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) award, an IEEE senior member and serves as a reviewer for a number of peer-review scientific journals.

Description of Research

Dr. Zhang’s Predictive Modeling and Functional Imaging Lab is interested in advancing clinical diagnosis of dysfunction in the human body through the fusion of functional bioelectrical activity/property imaging, neuromodulation, advanced computational modeling and electrophysiological/biomechanical analysis with applications in investigating the mechanisms of bioelectrical activities and neural pathways in biological systems. His lab is also interested in utilizing developed functional imaging technologies to enhance human-machine-interface systems such as brain-computer-interface systems, brain-controlled devices and myoelectrically-controlled prostheses. The research in his lab involves both technology developments and experimental studies in human subjects and animals.

Areas Of Expertise

Multimodal neural imaging Predictive modeling Incontinence Rehabilitation Prostate cancer early detection
Education & Training

, Harbin Institute of Technology
, University of Minnesota
, Zhejiang Univ.
Publications

Functional mapping of the pelvic floor and sphincter muscles from high-density surface EMG recordings
Peng, Y, He, J, Khavari, R, Boone, TB & Zhang, Y 2016, International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, pp. 1-8. DOI:

Features of patients with inflammatory bowel diseases who develop hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis
Li, Y, Li, CF, Zhang, J, Xia, XF, Zhou, LY, Liu, JJ, Song, ZQ, Lv, YM, Wang, AY, Zhang, YP, Liang, CF, Shi, YY, Quigley, EM, Huang, YH & Ding, SG 2016, International Journal of Colorectal Disease. DOI:

Classification of Motor Imagery EEG Signals with Support Vector Machines and Particle Swarm Optimization
Ma, Y, Ding, X, She, Q, Luo, Z, Potter, T & Zhang, Y 2016, Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, vol 2016, 4941235. DOI:

High Fidelity Tape Transfer Printing Based On Chemically Induced Adhesive Strength Modulation
Sim, K, Chen, S, Li, Y, Kammoun, M, Peng, Y, Xu, M, Gao, Y, Song, J, Zhang, Y, Ardebili, H & Yu, C 2015, Scientific Reports, vol 5, 16133. DOI:

Three-dimensional innervation zone imaging from multi-channel surface EMG recordings
Liu, Y, Ning, Y, Li, S, Zhou, P, Rymer, WZ & Zhang, Y 2015, International Journal of Neural Systems, vol 25, no. 6, 1550024. DOI:

The single-incision sling to treat female stress urinary incontinence: A dynamic computational study of outcomes and risk factors
Peng, Y, Khavari, R, Nakib, NA, Stewart, JN, Boone, TB & Zhang, Y 2015, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, vol 137, no. 9, 91007. DOI:

A new imaging platform for visualizing biological effects of non-invasive radiofrequency electric-field cancer hyperthermia
Corr, SJ, Shamsudeen, S, Vergara, LA, Chak-Shing Ho, J, Ware, MJ, Keshishian, V, Yokoi, K, Savage, DJ, Meraz, IM, Kaluarachchi, W, Cisneros, BT, Raoof, M, Nguyen, DT, Zhang, Y, Wilson, LJ, Summers, H, Rees, P, Curley, SA & Serda, RE 2015, PLoS ONE, vol 10, no. 8, e0136382. DOI:

Surface EMG decomposition based on K-means clustering and convolution kernel compensation
Ning, Y, Zhu, X, Zhu, S & Zhang, Y 2015, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, vol 19, no. 2, 6824163, pp. 471-477. DOI:

Internal muscle activity imaging from multi-channel surface EMG recordings: A validation study
Liu, Y, Ning, Y, He, J, Li, S, Zhou, P & Zhang, Y 2014, . in 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014., 6944391, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. pp. 3559-3561, 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014, Chicago, United States, 26-30 August. DOI:

A feasibility study of magnetic resonance electrical impedance tomography for prostate cancer detection
Liu, Y & Zhang, Y 2014, Physiological Measurement, vol 35, no. 4, pp. 567-581. DOI:

A hybrid multi-channel surface EMG decomposition approach by combining CKC and FCM
Ning, Y, Zhu, S, Zhu, X & Zhang, Y 2013, . in International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, NER., 6695940, pp. 335-338, 2013 6th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, NER 2013, San Diego, CA, United States, 6-8 November. DOI:

Noninvasive imaging of internal muscle activities from multi-channel surface EMG recordings
Zhang, Y 2013, . in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS., 6610777, pp. 5430-5432, 2013 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2013, Osaka, Japan, 3-7 July. DOI:

A novel spatiotemporal muscle activity imaging approach based on the extended kalman filter
Wang, J, Zhang, Y, Zhu, X, Zhou, P, Liu, C & Rymer, WZ 2012, . in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS., 6347419, pp. 6236-6238, 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2012, San Diego, CA, United States, 28-1 September. DOI:

High-density surface EMG decomposition based on a convolutive blind source separation approach
Zhu, X & Zhang, Y 2012, . in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS., 6346005, pp. 609-612, 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2012, San Diego, CA, United States, 28-1 September. DOI:

Virtual trainer for intra-detrusor injection of botulinum toxin to treat urinary incontinence
Shen, Y, Vasandani, P, Iyer, J, Gunasekaran, A, Zhang, Y, Burke, D, Dykstra, D & Sweet, R 2012, . in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. vol. 173, pp. 457-462, Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 19: NextMed, MMVR 2012, Newport Beach, CA, United States, 9-11 February. DOI:

A novel spatiotemporal muscle activity imaging approach based on the Extended Kalman Filter.
Wang, J, Zhang, Y, Zhu, X, Zhou, P, Liu, C & Rymer, WZ 2012, Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference, pp. 6236-6238.

Sparse representation of deformable 3D organs with spherical harmonics and structured dictionary
Wang, D, Tewfik, AH, Zhang, Y & Shen, Y 2011, International Journal of Biomedical Imaging, vol 2011, 658930. DOI:

Effects of boundary conditions on surface EMG computer simulation based on a multi-layer finite element model: Boundary conditions in surface EMG computer simulation
Zhang, Y, Timm, GW & Osei-Kuffuor, D 2011, . in 5th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering, iCBBE 2011., 5780372, 5th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering, iCBBE 2011, Wuhan, China, 10-12 May. DOI:

A three-dimensional muscle activity imaging technique for assessing pelvic muscle function
Zhang, Y, Wang, D & Timm, GW 2010, Inverse Problems, vol 26, no. 11, 115018. DOI:

Real time tracking of exterior and interior organ surfaces using sparse sampling of the exterior surfaces
Wang, D, Zhang, Y & Tewfik, AH 2010, . in ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings., 5495321, pp. 1022-1025, 2010 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2010, Dallas, TX, United States, 14-19 March. DOI: