Jordan is a senior at the University of
Pennsylvania, where she will graduate with a BA in biochemistry and an MS in
chemistry. Jordan’s interest in chemical biology began during her work as an
Autism Science Foundation summer fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. While
analyzing functional MRI data under Dr. Carla Mazefsky,
Jordan became interested in the physics and chemistry behind MRI. She also
became curious about whether it was possible to image the brain, or disease
biomarkers, in a more sensitive way.
With this in mind, she joined the lab of Dr.
in the University of Pennsylvania’s Chemistry Department. Jordan’s work in this
lab uses organic synthesis to create novel contrast agents for Hyper-CEST 129Xe
NMR, which enables ultrasensitive biosensing.
Jordan’s work on “two-faced guest” molecules contributed to the development of
a novel host-guest relay system for the ultrasensitive detection of protein
biomarkers. Now supported by the Goldwater Fellowship and the Roy and Diana Vagelos
Challenge Award, Jordan is working to improve and expand upon her previous work
for eventual in vivo
applications. She will be completing her master’s thesis on this work.
After graduating, Jordan will pursue a
PhD in chemistry or chemical biology. During graduate school, she hopes to use
organic chemistry and biophysical chemistry to develop chemical tools for
medicine. Outside of the lab, Jordan serves as the co-president of Penn’s Rotaract
club, which coordinates local and international service projects. She is from