Guobao Wang, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Guobao Wang, Ph.D.


Associate Vice Chair of Research



Radiology Physics

Molecular Imaging

Nuclear Medicine



Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Wang's clinical interests include development, implementation and maintenance of technical excellence in noninvasive medical imaging.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Wang's research interest is in advancing molecular imaging (e.g., positron emission tomography) using computational methods and clinical translation. His research commonly integrates high-resolution dynamic data acquisition with the design of advanced computational imaging algorithms to derive quantitative imaging biomarkers. In close collaboration with clinicians, Dr. Wang's research group translates quantitative imaging techniques to improve clinical diagnosis, prognosis and therapy response assessment in various diseases.

Wang Research Lab:


Medical Physics

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Undergraduate School

B.S., China Textile University, Shanghai, China 1999

Other School

M.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China 2002

Other School

Ph.D., Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China 2005

Sarkar S, Matsukuma KE, Spencer B, Chen S, Olson KA, Badawi RD, Corwin MT, Wang G. Dynamic Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography Imaging Correlate of Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2021 Nov;19(11):2441-2443. doi:10.1016/j.cgh.2020.10.029. Epub 2020 Oct 17. PMID:33075553.

Li S, Wang G. Modified kernel MLAA using autoencoder for PET-enabled dual-energy CT. Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci. 2021 Aug 23;379(2204):20200204. doi:10.1098/rsta.2020.0204. Epub 2021 Jul 5. PMID:34218670.

Zuo Y, Lopez JE, Smith T, Foster CC, Carson RE, Badawi RD, Wang GB. Multiparametric Cardiac 18F-FDG PET in Humans: Pilot Comparison of FDG Delivery Rate with 82Rb Myocardial Blood Flow. Physics in Medicine and Biology. 2021 Aug 7;66(15):155015. doi:10.1088/1361-6560/ac15a6.

Wang G. PET-enabled dual-energy CT: image reconstruction and a proof-of-concept computer simulation study. Phys Med Biol. 2020 Dec 17;65(24):245028. doi:10.1088/1361-6560/abc5ca. PMID:33120376.

Wang GB, Rahmim A, Gunn RN. PET Parametric Imaging: Past, Present, and Future. IEEE Transactions on Radiation in Plasma and Medical Sciences. 2020 Sep 21;4(6):663 – 675. doi:10.1109/TRPMS.2020.3025086.

Zuo Y, Sarkar S, Corwin MT, Olson K, Badawi RD, Wang GB. Structural and practical identifiability of dual-input kinetic modeling in dynamic PET of liver inflammation. Phys Med Biol. 2019 Sep 5;64(17):175023. doi:10.1088/1361-6560/ab1f29. PMID:31051490.

Wang GB. High temporal-resolution dynamic PET image reconstruction using a new spatiotemporal kernel method. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2019 Mar;38(3):664-674. doi:10.1109/TMI.2018.2869868. Epub 2018 Sep 12. PMID:30222553.

Sarkar S, Corwin MT, Olson KA, Stewart SL, Liu CH, Badawi RD, Wang G. Pilot Study to Diagnose Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis With Dynamic 18F-FDG PET. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2019 Mar;212(3):529-537. doi:10.2214/AJR.18.20012. Epub 2019 Jan 23. PMID:30673340.

Zuo Y, Qi J, Wang G. Relative Patlak plot for dynamic PET parametric imaging without the need for early-time input function. Phys Med Biol. 2018 Aug 10;63(16):165004. doi:10.1088/1361-6560/aad444. PMID:30020080.

Wang G, Corwin MT, Olson KA, Badawi RD, Sarkar S. Dynamic PET of human liver inflammation: impact of kinetic modeling with optimization-derived dual-blood input function. Phys Med Biol. 2018 Jul 24;63(15):155004. doi:10.1088/1361-6560/aac8cb. PMID:29847315.