Hernan J. Jara, PhD

Professor, Radiology

Hernan Jara
617.247.3398
88 E. Newton St Newton Pavilion

Biography

Hernan Jara is a medical imaging physicist and Professor of Radiology at Boston University School of Medicine and Adjunct-Professor of Biomedical Engineering. After completing his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, he received his postdoctoral training in medical imaging at the University of Pennsylvania earning a Training Fellowship in MRI from the NIH. Dr. Jara was also a postdoctoral Research Associate for two years at the Laboratory for Structural NMR Imaging at the University of Pennsylvania. He work was in the development of MRI mircoscopy pulse sequences. Dr. Jara is currently the co-director of the Master of Arts Program in Bioimaging. He has extensive teaching, curriculum development, and research mentoring experience at the undergraduate (biomedical engineering) and graduate levels (masters students in Bioimaging, medical students, and radiology residents). Dr. Jara has also extensive experience in radiological research, specifically in the areas of pulse sequence development and image processing, algorithm development for multispectral quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (qMRI), for magnetic resonance angiograpy (MRA), and for MRI microscopy. He has pioneered new techniques for virtual MRI-a technique with which MR images of arbitrary contrast weighting can be generated from a single multispectral qMRI scan–being the inventor in three United States patents (US6,823,205 B1, US 6,917,199, and US 7,002,345. He has also participated in qMRI studies of liver volumetry and cancer diagnosis.

Other Positions

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Boston Medical Center

Education

  • University of Illinois, PhD
  • University of Chile, MS
  • University of Chile, BS

Publications

  • Published on 7/18/2018

    Kuban KCK, Heeren T, O'Shea TM, Joseph RM, Fichorova RN, Douglass L, Jara H, Frazier JA, Hirtz D, Taylor HG, Rollins JV, Paneth N. Among Children Born Extremely Preterm a Higher Level of Circulating Neurotrophins Is Associated with Lower Risk of Cognitive Impairment at School Age. J Pediatr. 2018 Oct; 201:40-48.e4. PMID: 30029870.

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  • Published on 5/29/2018

    O'Shea TM, Joseph RM, Allred EN, Taylor HG, Leviton A, Heeren T, Douglass LM, Frazier JA, Jara H, Kuban KCK. Accuracy of the Bayley-II mental development index at 2 years as a predictor of cognitive impairment at school age among children born extremely preterm. J Perinatol. 2018 Jul; 38(7):908-916. PMID: 29808002.

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  • Published on 11/13/2017

    Hirschberger RG, Kuban KCK, O'Shea TM, Joseph RM, Heeren T, Douglass LM, Stafstrom CE, Jara H, Frazier JA, Hirtz D, Rollins JV, Paneth N. Co-occurrence and Severity of Neurodevelopmental Burden (Cognitive Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Epilepsy) at Age Ten Years in Children Born Extremely Preterm. Pediatr Neurol. 2018 Feb; 79:45-52. PMID: 29310907.

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  • Published on 10/6/2017

    Mills AF, Sakai O, Anderson SW, Jara H. Principles of Quantitative MR Imaging with Illustrated Review of Applicable Modular Pulse Diagrams. Radiographics. 2017 Nov-Dec; 37(7):2083-2105. PMID: 28985137.

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  • Published on 7/13/2017

    Gagliano-Jucá T, Tang ER, Bhasin S, Pencina KM, Anderson S, Jara H, Li Z, Melamud K, Coleman SL, Aakil A, Almeida RR, Huang G, Travison TG, Storer TW, Basaria S. Effects of testosterone administration (and its 5-alpha-reduction) on parenchymal organ volumes in healthy young men: findings from a dose-response trial. Andrology. 2017 Sep; 5(5):889-897. PMID: 28704587.

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  • Published on 5/2/2017

    Malikova MA, Tkacz JN, Slanetz PJ, Guo CY, Aakil A, Jara H. Evaluation of T1/T2 ratios in a pilot study as a potential biomarker of biopsy: proven benign and malignant breast lesions in correlation with histopathological disease stage. Future Sci OA. 2017 Aug; 3(3):FSO197. PMID: 28883997.

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  • Published on 4/24/2017

    Watanabe M, Buch K, Fujita A, Jara H, Qureshi MM, Sakai O. Quantitative MR imaging of intra-orbital structures: Tissue-specific measurements and age dependency compared to extra-orbital structures using multispectral quantitative MR imaging. Orbit. 2017 Aug; 36(4):189-196. PMID: 28436752.

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  • Published on 11/14/2016

    Li B, Jara H, Yu H, O'Brien M, Soto J, Anderson SW. Enhanced Laws textures: A potential MRI surrogate marker of hepatic fibrosis in a murine model. Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 Apr; 37:33-40. PMID: 27856399.

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  • Published on 10/31/2016

    Kuno H, Jara H, Buch K, Qureshi MM, Chapman MN, Sakai O. Global and Regional Brain Assessment with Quantitative MR Imaging in Patients with Prior Exposure to Linear Gadolinium-based Contrast Agents. Radiology. 2017 Apr; 283(1):195-204. PMID: 27797676.

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  • Published on 10/24/2016

    Kuban KC, Joseph RM, O'Shea TM, Heeren T, Fichorova RN, Douglass L, Jara H, Frazier JA, Hirtz D, Rollins JV, Paneth N. Circulating Inflammatory-Associated Proteins in the First Month of Life and Cognitive Impairment at Age 10 Years in Children Born Extremely Preterm. J Pediatr. 2017 Jan; 180:116-123.e1. PMID: 27788929.

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