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Jennifer Jordan, Ph.D., M.S., FSCMR - VCU College of Engineering. Richmond, VA, US

Jennifer Jordan, Ph.D., M.S., FSCMR Jennifer Jordan, Ph.D., M.S., FSCMR

Assistant Professor and ABET Coordinator, Department of Biomedical Engineering | B.S., NC State - Biomedical Engineering | Ph.D., VT-WFU School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences - Biomedical Engineering | M.S., Wake Forest - Clinical and Population Translational Sciences


Dr. Jordan's research involves translational cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging in cardio-oncology, sarcoidosis, and heart failure.



Dr. Jennifer Jordan, Ph.D., M.S. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Pauley Heart Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She obtained her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2007, her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences in 2011, and her M.S. in Clinical and Population Sciences from Wake Forest University in 2014.

Dr. Jordan is a translational scientist focused on cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in acute chest pain, cardiac sarcoidosis, heart failure, and the emerging field of cardio-oncology. Her research centers on the application of rapid imaging techniques to identify noninvasive biomarkers for ischemia and heart failure in these populations. As the Director of the CMR lab, she currently oversees imaging from two NIH-funded multi-center studies of over 3500 scans from 35+ academic and community-based hospitals with CMR imaging endpoints.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Biomedical Engineering

Clinical Research

Image Processing

Medical Imaging

Heart Failure


Cardiac Sarcoidosis

Education (3)

North Carolina State University: B.S., Biomedical Engineering 2007

University Honors

Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences: Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering 2011

American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship

Wake Forest University: M.S., Clinical and Population Translational Sciences 2014

Completed as part of NIH T32 Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Cardiovascular Imaging at Wake Forest School of Medicine

Affiliations (5)

  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Heart Association
  • International Cardio-Oncology Society
  • Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
  • VCU Massey Cancer Center

Media Appearances (4)

Pauley Heart Center welcomes new faculty

Pauley Heart Center  online


Jennifer Hawthorne Jordan, Ph.D., M.S., has joined the faculty as director of the new Cardiovascular MRI Core Lab and assistant professor of biomedical engineering. Her previous position was engineering director of the Cardiovascular MRI Laboratory at Wake Forest School of Medicine, where she also served on the faculty. She received her master’s in clinical and population translational sciences at Wake Forest University and her doctoral degree in biomedical engineering at Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. She also completed a T32 cardiovascular imaging postdoctoral fellowship. One of her research advisors at Wake Forest was Dr. Greg Hundley. Jordan is a peer reviewer for numerous journals and currently serves as an investigator on over $13 million in NIH and other grants, mostly involving MRI studies of patients with cardiovascular disease, including those who have undergone cancer treatments.

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VCU College of Engineering welcomes 12 new faculty members

VCU College of Engineering  online


The VCU College of Engineering’s faculty continues to expand. The college’s 12 new faculty have added expertise in a wide range of fields that include cybersecurity, pharmaceutical engineering, biomedical engineering, and alternative energy. A number of VCU Engineering’s current faculty members have also received academic promotions. “It is with great pride that the College of Engineering welcomes these exceptional new faculty to our academic family,” said Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. dean of the College of Engineering and professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. “Our students will have the opportunity to study with professors who are doing cutting-edge research in fields that address the challenges of our century. Go Rams!”

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SCMR Seeks to Bring Awareness to a Disease with No Cause

Virtual Strategy Magazine  online


“The ability to noninvasively assess changes in the heart tissue while at the same time assessing overall cardiac function is a major advantage in the diagnosis and care of cardiac Sarcoidosis,” said Dr. Jennifer Jordan, fellow SCMR member and Committee Member. “We now have many MRI-conditional devices that allow patients who have cardiac Sarcoidosis and an implanted device to undergo a cardiac MRI for either clinical care or research.”

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VCU’s Jordana Kron is searching for answers to a mystery disease

C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research  online


Kron, who last October was awarded an endowment fund through the Wright Center to further support her research, is joined in the study by Jennifer Jordan, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the VCU College of Engineering Department of Biomedical Engineering and director of the Cardiovascular MRI Core Lab at the Pauley Heart Center. Jordan’s research focuses on translational and clinical cardiovascular MRI techniques and cardiac magnetic resonance tissue characterization in patients who have received chemotherapy for breast cancer. For this study, she will be using her expertise in cardiac magnetic resonance to help assess inflammation in cardiac sarcoidosis and evaluate responses to treatment. The Pauley Pilot Research Grant Program, which is made possible entirely by philanthropy, supports early stage research by physicians and scientists working to advance heart health. The program allows investigators to test novel ideas and gather enough data to apply for major research grants from institutions such as the NIH. Kron plans to submit a proposal for external funding by February 2021. “The results of this research will help me gather critical data to inform applications for larger grants later,” she said.

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Event Appearances (2)

When a picture is worth a thousand words: CMR imaging in women with breast cancer

Heart Health in Women Symposium  Virginia Historical Society (Richmond, VA)


Insights from Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Oncology Patient: Improving CV Profiles for Treatment and Survivorship

Invited Seminar  Fred Hutchinson Cancer Institute (Seattle, WA)


Research Grants (3)

Interleukin-1 blockade for treatment of cardiac sarcoidosis

PI - AHA Collaborative Sciences Award 19CSLOI34580004 $750k

2019 - 2022

Cardiovascular Impact of Near-complete Estrogen Deprivation for Breast Cancer

PI - NIH NHLBI R01HL159393 $3.1m

2022 - 2027

Does Prior Receipt of Anthracycline-Based Chemotherapy Reduce Left Ventricular Microcirculatory Perfusion Reserve in Survivors of Breast Cancer and Lymphoma?

PI - HESI Thrive Foundation Grant $50k

2017 - 2022