Qiang Cao, PhD, R.T.(R)(CT)(MR)

Assistant Professor, Radiography

  • qxc2@pct.edu
  • 570.320.2400 ext. 7507
  • ATHS, Rm.W234
Qiang Cao, PhD, R.T.(R)(CT)(MR)




Dr. Qiang Cao earned his PhD in Biochemistry from Florida State University in 2010 and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Chemistry from Florida A&M University in 2003.


Qiang's work experience includes being a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Following his graduation, Qiang was a Postdoctoral Fellow, focusing on cancer research, at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


To be closer to his family, Qiang moved to Williamsport and decided to enroll in our radiography program to broaden his knowledge and opportunities. He graduated from the radiography program in 2015 with a 3.992 GPA. Qiang then enrolled and graduated from the MRI certificate program in 2016. He has been working in CT and MRI at both UPMC-Susquehanna and Mt. Nittany Medical Center.


Qiang has received numerous awards such as:

  • The Radiography Major Faculty and Staff Award (2015)
  • The Susquehanna Imaging Award (2015)
  • The Susquehanna Health Program Award for Radiography (2015)

He has numerous conference abstracts, presentations and research publications. The following are just some selected examples:

Cao, Q.; Jin, Y.; Schwartz, M.A.; Ben, C.; Roycik, M.D.; and Sang, Q.X. (2009) Targeting metalloproteinases involved in stroke-associated blood brain barrier permeability. American Chemical Society, the 85th Annual Florida Meeting and Exposition (FAME), Orlando, Florida. May 14th, 2009.

Qiang Cao, Mark D. Roycik, Yonghao Jin, Dale B. Bosco, Martin A. Schwartz, and Qing-Xiang Amy Sang (2009). Investigation on co-culture model of HMSC and HBMEC treated with novel synthetic MMPI. 2nd Annual Southeast Stem Cell Consortium, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. October 15th-16th, 2009. (poster presentation)

Sang, Q.X.; Cao, Q.; Roycik, M.D.; Jin, Y.; Ben, C.; and Schwartz, M.A. (2009) Human metalloproteinases and their inhibitors in microvascular wound healing, blood-brain permeability, and adult mesenchymal stem cell differentiation. Atherosclerosis Gordon Research Conference, Tilton School, Tilton, New Hampshire. June 21st-26th, 2009.

Sang, Q.X.; Cao, Q.; Roycik, M.D.; Jin, Y.; Ben, C.; and Schwartz, M.A. (2009) Role of human matrix metalloproteinases and mesenchymal stem cells in microvascular endothelial wound healing and 3-D blood-brain barrier permeability. Gordon Research Conference on Biomaterials: Biocompatability/Tissue Engineering, Holderness School, Holderness, New Hampshire. July 19th-24th, 2009.

Y. Jin, Q. Cao, Q.-X. Sang and M.A. Schwartz (2006) Zinc Metalloproteinase Inhibitors with 1, 2-Dihydroxy benzene and 3-Hydroxy-4-pyrone as Zinc Binding Groups. 231st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, March 26-30, 2006, Atlanta, Georgia.

Y. Jin, Q. Cao, C. Ben, Q.-X. Sang, and M.A. Schwartz. Design and Syntheses of Novel MMP Inhibitors Containing a Mercaptosulphonamide Zinc-bind Group. Invited Talk. American Chemical Society, Florida Section Meeting, Orlando, Florida. May 10, 2007. Talk number 46.

Q.-X. Sang, Y. Jin, R.G. Newcomer, S.C. Monroe, X. Fang, D.R. Hurst, S. Lee, Q. Cao, and M.A. Schwartz (2006) Matrix Metalloproteinase Inhibitors as Prospective Agents for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular and Neoplastic Diseases. Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry. 6, 289-316.

Park H.I., Lee S., Ullah A., Cao Q., Sang Q.X.. (2010) Effects of detergents on catalytic activity of human endometase/matrilysin 2, a putative cancer biomarker. Anal Biochem. 396(2):262-8. Epub 2009 Oct 8.

W.Y. Yang, Q. Cao, C. Callahan, C. Galvis, Q.-X. Sang, and I.V. Alabugin (2010) Intracellular DNA damage by lysine-acetylene conjugates.J. Nucleic Acids. 2010 Aug 9;2010. pii: 931394.PMID: 20814583.

X. Wang, P.A. Stewart, Q. Cao, Q.-X. Sang, L.W.K. Chung, M.R. Emmett, A.G. Marshall (2011) Characterization of the Phosphoproteome in Androgen-Repressed Human Prostate Cancer Cells by Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry. J. Proteome Res. 10, 3920-3928. Epub 2011 Jul 26.

Y. Jin, M.D. Roycik, D.B. Bosco, Q. Cao, M.H. Constantino, M.A. Schwartz, and Q.-X. Sang* (2013) Matrix metalloproteinase inhibitors based on the 3-mercaptopyrrolidine core. J Med Chem. 2013 Jun 13;56(11):4357-73. doi: 10.1021/jm400529f. Epub 2013 May 16.