Jesse V. Jokerst

Asst Professor, NanoEngineering




Molecular Imaging, in vitro Diagnostics, ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer detection, tumor resection. 

Professor Jokerst’s research interests lie in the field of molecular imaging with an emphasis on the use of nanoparticle contrast agents to improve the amount of signal and type of signal collected from living subjects. He is particularly interested in ultrasound imaging because of its high temporal and spatial resolution. In his work, he has applied ultrasound imaging to implant stem cells into the left ventricle wall and identify and resect ovarian and brain tumors. To increase contrast, Jokerst uses photoacoustic imaging, which is a “light in/sound out” approach rather than the “sound in/sound out” of traditional ultrasound.

Jokerst’s group has used photoacoustic imaging for a variety of applications including tracking and quantifying stem cells, measuring actinides, and imaging tumors in vivo. Dr. Jokerst is also interested in using multimodality imaging to combine the advantages of many modalities including MRI and Raman spectroscopy. 

Capsule Bio:

Jesse Jokerst is an assistant professor of NanoEngineering at UC San Diego. His research focuses on nanoparticle-based imaging. Prior to joining UC San Diego, Dr. Jokerst was an NIH and American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow (2009-2013) and an Instructor in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University (2013-2015) . He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UT Austin and has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and over 30 conference abstracts. He is a recipient of NIH’s prestigious K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award. 

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