Youngkyoo Jung, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Youngkyoo Jung, Ph.D.

Associate Division Chief, Physics Education




Diagnostic Imaging Physics

Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy



Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Clinical Interests

Dr. Jung's clinical interests are directly related to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He provides oversight of MRI quality assurance programs in Radiology, optimizing MRI protocols for routine exams and special exams, such as for patients with implants, and serves as an MRI safety expert for  departmental MRI safety program.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Jung's academic work has focused on the development of novel structural and functional neuroimaging techniques, which have resulted in a variety of innovations, and the application of structural and functional imaging methods to study normal development/aging and a variety of diseases affecting the central nervous system.


Radiology Physics

Undergraduate School

B.S., Inha University, Incheon, Rep. of Korea 1998

Other School

M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 2004

Other School

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 2007


Radiology, UC San Diego, San Diego CA 2008-2010

Lockhart SN, Schaich CL, Craft S, Sachs BC, Rapp SR, Jung Y, Whitlow CT, Solingapuram Sai KK, Cleveland M, Williams BJ, Burke GL, Bertoni A, Hayden KM, Hughes TM. Associations among vascular risk factors, neuroimaging biomarkers, and cognition: Preliminary analyses from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Alzheimers Dement. 2022 Apr;18(4):551-560. doi:10.1002/alz.12429. Epub 2021 Sep 5. PMID:34482601.

Hoscheidt S, Sanderlin AH, Baker LD, Jung Y, Lockhart S, Kellar D, Whitlow CT, Hanson AJ, Friedman S, Register T, Leverenz JB, Craft S. Mediterranean and Western diet effects on Alzheimer's disease biomarkers, cerebral perfusion, and cognition in mid-life: A randomized trial. Alzheimers Dement. 2022 Mar;18(3):457-468. doi:10.1002/alz.12421. Epub 2021 Jul 26. PMID:34310044.

Kim D, Hughes TM, Lipford ME, Craft S, Baker LD, Lockhart SN, Whitlow CT, Okonmah-Obazee SE, Hugenschmidt CE, Bobinski M, Jung Y. Relationship Between Cerebrovascular Reactivity and Cognition Among People With Risk of Cognitive Decline. Front Physiol. 2021 May 31;12:645342. doi:10.3389/fphys.2021.645342. PMID:34135768.

Kim J, Jung Y, Barcus R, Bachevalier JH, Sanchez MM, Nader MA, Whitlow CT. Rhesus Macaque Brain Developmental Trajectory: A Longitudinal Analysis Using Tensor-Based Structural Morphometry and Diffusion Tensor Imaging. Cereb Cortex. 2020 Jun 30;30(8):4325-4335. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhaa015. PMID:32239147.

Berrington A, Schreck KC, Barron BJ, Blair L, Lin DDM, Hartman AL, Kossoff E, Easter L, Whitlow CT, Jung Y, Hsu FC, Cervenka MC, Blakeley JO, Barker PB, Strowd RE. Cerebral Ketones Detected by 3T MR Spectroscopy in Patients with High-Grade Glioma on an Atkins-Based Diet. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2019 Nov;40(11):1908-1915. doi:10.3174/ajnr.A6287. Epub 2019 Oct 24. PMID:31649157.

Adler-Neal AL, Emerson NM, Farris SR, Jung Y, Coghill RC, Zeidan F. Brain moderators supporting the relationship between depressive mood and pain. Pain. 2019 Sep;160(9):2028-2035. doi:10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001595. PMID:31095097.

Zeidan F, Salomons T, Farris SR, Emerson NM, Adler-Neal A, Jung Y, Coghill RC. Neural mechanisms supporting the relationship between dispositional mindfulness and pain. Pain. 2018 Dec;159(12):2477-2485. doi:10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001344. PMID:30015711.

Yang X, Garcia KM, Jung Y, Whitlow CT, McRae K, Waugh CE. vmPFC activation during a stressor predicts positive emotions during stress recovery. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2018 Mar 1;13(3):256-268. doi:10.1093/scan/nsy012. PMID:29462404.

Sattiraju A, Xiong X, Pandya DN, Wadas TJ, Xuan A, Sun Y, Jung Y, Sai KKS, Dorsey JF, Li KC, Mintz A. Alpha Particle Enhanced Blood Brain/Tumor Barrier Permeabilization in Glioblastomas Using Integrin Alpha-v Beta-3-Targeted Liposomes. Mol Cancer Ther. 2017 Oct;16(10):2191-2200. doi:10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-16-0907. Epub 2017 Jun 15. PMID:28619756.

Waugh CE, Shing EZ, Avery BM, Jung Y, Whitlow CT, Maldjian JA. Neural predictors of emotional inertia in daily life. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2017 Sep 1;12(9):1448-1459.