Assistant professor and researcher, Université de Montréal
Department of Radiology, Radio-Oncology and Nuclear Medicine
Director of the Microbubble Theranostics Laboratory
CHUM Research Center, Engineering and Imaging Axis
Viger Tower, 900 Saint Denis R11-442
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H2X 0A9
Tel: 514-890-8000 (poste 31268)

Dr Yu is an assistant professor at the Department of Radiology, Radio-oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Université de Montréal and Independent Researcher at the Centre de recherche du centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal since 08/2017. Dr Yu received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 2001 from the École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada, and his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2010 from the Université de Montréal. He has a strong background in high frequency ultrasound imaging of diseases associated with blood rheological disorders, including diabetes, atherosclerotic plaque characterization, and deep vein thrombosis. He pursued his postodoctoral training at the Center for Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh where he developed an expertise in the use of MB (US contrast agent) for diagnostic and therapeutic application in cardiology and oncology.

Dr Yu is the director of the Microbubble Theranostics Laboratory Unit, which is affiliated to the Laboratory of Biorheology and Medical Ultrasonics (visit               ) in the Imaging and Engineering Axis at the CRCHUM.

Specifically, Dr Yu’s research interests focus on developing spatially targeted therapeutic strategies using MBs externally triggered by therapeutic US and monitored using US imaging forming a versatile theranostic platform. In particular, he is interested in elucidating the signaling pathways and harnessing the physiological response following ultrasound stimulated microbubble oscillations to create clinically translatable theranostic targeted therapies. In his laboratory, there are opportunities to work at many levels of research and technological development, including US pulsing and image processing, microbubble synthesis, in vitro validation, in vivo rodent animal models, human bio-samples, cell culture and molecular biology techniques. This multidisciplinary environment contributes to shape a unique perspective on opportunities and challenges for novel theranostic developments.

Selected publications

1. Yu F.T.H., Chen X, Straub A. and Pacella J.J., The Role of Nitric Oxide during «Sonoreperfusion of Microvascular Obstruction», Theranostics, (7(14) :3527-3538, 2017

2. Yu F.T.H.*, Roos S.T.*, Chen X., Kamp O, Villanueva F.S. and Pacella J.J., «Sonoreperfusion Therapy Kinetics in Whole Blood using Ultrasound, Microbubbles and Low Dose tPA», Ultras. Med. Biol., 42(12):3001-3009, 2016 (* co-first authors)

3. Black J.J., Yu F.T.H., Schnatz F., Chen X., Villanueva F.S., Pacella J.J., «Effect of Thrombus Composition and Viscosity on 
Sonoreperfusion Efficacy in a Model of Micro-Vascular Obstruction», Ultras. Med Biol., 42(9):2220-31, 2016

4. Destrempes F., Franceschini E., Yu F.T.H., Cloutier G., «Unifying concepts of statistical and spectral quantitative ultrasound techniques, IEEE Trans Med Imaging, 35(2):488-500, 2016

5. Yu F.T.H., Chen X., Wang J., Qin B. and Villanueva F.S., «Low intensity ultrasound mediated liposomal doxorubicin delivery using polymer microbubbles», Mol. Pharm, 4;13(1):55-64, 2016. Yu F.T.H., Chen X., Wang J., Qin B., Panday R. and Villanueva F.S., «Low intensity ultrasound mediated liposomal doxorubicin delivery using polymer microbubbles», Journal of Controlled Release, in preparation

6. Yu F. T. H., Villanueva F.S., Chen X., « Radial modulation contrast imaging using a 20 MHz single element IVUS catheter », IEEE- Ultras. Ferroelect. Freq. Cont., 61(5), pp. 779-791, 2014

7. Yu F.T.H., Armstrong J.K., Tripette J., Meiselman H.J., Cloutier G., A local increase in red blood cell aggregation can trigger deep vein thrombosis: Evidence based on quantitative cellular ultrasound imaging, J. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 9(3):481-8, 2011 doi: 10.1111/j.1538-7836.2010.04164.x

8. Yu F.T.H., Franceschini E., Chayer B., Armstrong J.K., Meiselman H.J. and Cloutier G., « Ultrasonic parametric imaging of erythrocyte aggregation using the Structure Factor Size Estimator », Biorheology, 46:343-363, 2009

9. Cloutier G., Zimmer A., Yu F.T.H., Chiasson J.L., Increased shear rate resistance and fastest kinetics of erythrocyte aggregation in diabetes measured with ultrasound, Diabetes Care, vol.31, no 7,pp 1400-1402, 2008

10. Yu F. T. and Cloutier G., « Experimental ultrasound characterization of red blood cell aggregation using the structure factor size estimator », J. Acoust. Soc. Am., vol. 122, no. 1, pp. 645-656, 2007