Jing Liu, PhD

Associate Professor
Associate Adjunct Professor


Jing Liu, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. She obtained her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2001, and she earned her MS in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in Canada in 2003, followed by her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. From 2008-2010, she served as a postdoctoral associate in Radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. In December 2010, Dr. Liu accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Radiology in UCSF’s Cardiovascular Imaging Research Interest Group at China Basin.

Dr. Liu’s research focuses on developing magnetic-resonance imaging data acquisition techniques and image reconstruction algorithms for 3D dynamic MRI imaging, including contrast-enhanced MRA, cardiac-cine imaging, and coronary imaging. She is interested in effectively identifying important medical imaging issues and applying solutions directly to relevant problems in the clinical setting. Her goal is to develop techniques to generate MR images with high temporal and spatial resolutions with low artifacts, short scan time, and motion robustness.

Dr. Liu is a member of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the American Heart Association, and the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. Dr. Liu contributes her expertise to six professional journals as a manuscript reviewer. She has written 20+ peer-reviewed articles and 80+ abstracts.

Cardiovascular Imaging

Cardiovascular imaging, MRI data acquisitions, 3D dynamic MRI

Professional Interests:
4D MRI, fast imaging, cardiac MRI, coronary imaging, self-gating, non-cartesian MRI data acquisition and image reconstruction, compressed sensing, parallel imaging

Education and Training:
• Bachelor of Science: University of Science and Technology of China - Electrical Engineering
• Masters of Science: McMaster University, Canada - Electrical Engineering
• Doctor of Philosophy: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Electrical Engineering
• Postdoctoral Associate: Weill Cornell Medical College, New York - Radiology

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Reviewer, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2016
Distinguished Reviewer, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2015
Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25), National Institutes of Health, 2012-2017
Western States Affiliate Beginning Grant-in-Aid, American Heart Association, 2012
Founders Affiliate Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Hear Association, 2010


Yan Wang, Yue Zhang, Zhaoying Wen, Bing Tian, Evan Kao, Xinke Liu, Wanling Xuan, Karen Ordovas, David Saloner, Jing Liu. Deep learning based fully automatic segmentation of the left ventricular endocardium and epicardium from cardiac cine MRI. Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery. 2021 Apr 1; 11(4):1600612-1601612.
Shabnam Peyvandi, Duan Xu, Yan Wang , Whitnee Hogan, Anita Moon-Grady, A. James Barkovich, Orit Glenn, Patrick McQuillen, Jing Liu. Fetal Cerebral Oxygenation Is Impaired in Congenital Heart Disease and Shows Variable Response to Maternal Hyperoxia. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 Jan 5;10(1):e018777. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.120.018777. Epub 2020 Dec 21. PMID: 33345557. 2020.
Yan Wang, Bing Tian, Fei Xiong, Evan Kao, Yue Zhang, Xinke Liu, Xia Tian, Henrik Haraldsson, Chengcheng Zhu, Joseph Leach, Jing Liu, Michael D. Hope, Dimitrios Mitsouras, David Saloner. Computer-Aided Quantification of Non-contrast 3D Black Blood MRI As An Efficient Alternative to Reference Standard Manual CT Angiography Measurements of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. European Journal of Radiology. 2020 Nov 1; 109396.
Giao DM, Wang Y, Rojas R, Takaba K, Badathala A, Spaulding KA, Soon G, Zhang Y, Wang VY, Haraldsson H, Liu J, Saloner D, Guccione JM, Ge L, Wallace AW, Ratcliffe MB. Left ventricular geometry during unloading and the end-systolic pressure volume relationship: Measurement with a modified real-time MRI-based method in normal sheep. PLoS One. 2020; 15(6):e0234896.
Jing Liu, Angela Jakary, Marisa Lafontaine, Yan Wang, Duan Xu, David Saloner, Nicholas Butowski, Christopher Hess, Javier Villanueva-Meyer, Susan Chang, Janine Lupo. NIMG-45. 3D SINGLE-SCAN FOR MULTI-CONTRAST-WEIGHTED MRI FOR LESION DETECTION IN PATIENTS WITH GLIOMAS. Neuro-Oncology. 2019 Nov 11; 21(Supplement_6):vi171-vi171.
Cao P, Liu J, Tang S, Leynes AP, Lupo JM, Xu D, Larson PEZ. Technical Note: Simultaneous segmentation and relaxometry for MRI through multitask learning. Med Phys. 2019 Oct; 46(10):4610-4621.
Liu J, Wang Y, Wen Z, Feng L, Lima APS, Mahadevan VS, Bolger A, Saloner D, Ordovas K. Extending Cardiac Functional Assessment with Respiratory-Resolved 3D Cine MRI. Sci Rep. 2019 08 09; 9(1):11563.
Y. Wu, Y. Ma, D. Capaldi, J. Liu, W. Zhao, J. Du, L. Xing . Self-Attention Convolutional Neural Network for Improved MR Image Reconstruction. Information Sciences. 2019; 490:317-328.
Wu PH, Gibbons M, Foreman SC, Carballido-Gamio J, Han M, Krug R, Liu J, Link TM, Kazakia GJ. Cortical bone vessel identification and quantification on contrast-enhanced MR images. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2019 Jun; 9(6):928-941.
Wang Y, Kao E, Zhang Y, Tian B, Gong J, Faraji F, Haraldsson H, Amans MR, Saloner D, Liu J. Shape-appearance constrained segmentation and separation of vein and artery in pulsatile tinnitus patients based on MR angiography and flow MRI. Magn Reson Imaging. 2019 09; 61:187-195.
Gullberg GT, Veress AI, Shrestha UM, Liu J, Ordovas K, Segars WP, Seo Y. Multiresolution spatiotemporal mechanical model of the heart as a prior to constrain the solution for 4D models of the heart. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2019 Jun; 11072.
Wu Y, Ma Y, Capaldi DP, Liu J, Zhao W, Du J, Xing L. Incorporating prior knowledge via volumetric deep residual network to optimize the reconstruction of sparsely sampled MRI. Magn Reson Imaging. 2020 02; 66:93-103.
Duc M. Giao, Yan Wang, Renan Rojas, Kiyoaki Takaba, Anusha Badathala, Kimberly A. Spaulding, Gilbert Soon, Yue Zhang, Vicky Y. Wang, Henrik Haraldsson, Jing Liu, David Saloner, Liang Ge, Julius M. Guccione, Arthur W. Wallace, Mark B. Ratcliffe. Left ventricular geometry during unloading and the end-systolic pressure volume relationship: Measurement with a modified real-time MRI-based method in normal sheep. bioRxiv. 2019 Feb 26; 562017.
Wang Y, Zhang Y, Xuan W, Kao E, Cao P, Tian B, Ordovas K, Saloner D, Liu J. Fully automatic segmentation of 4D MRI for cardiac functional measurements. Med Phys. 2019 Jan; 46(1):180-189.
Yang J, Liu J, Wiesinger F, Menini A, Zhu X, Hope TA, Seo Y, Larson PEZ. Developing an efficient phase-matched attenuation correction method for quiescent period PET in abdominal PET/MRI. Phys Med Biol. 2018 09 10; 63(18):185002.
Zhu C, Tian B, Chen L, Eisenmenger L, Raithel E, Forman C, Ahn S, Laub G, Liu Q, Lu J, Liu J, Hess C, Saloner D. Accelerated whole brain intracranial vessel wall imaging using black blood fast spin echo with compressed sensing (CS-SPACE). MAGMA. 2018 Jun; 31(3):457-467.
Kallianos K, Brooks GC, Mukai K, Seguro de Carvalho F, Liu J, Naeger DM, De Marco T, Ordovas KG. Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Evaluation of Left Ventricular Myocardial Strain in Pulmonary Hypertension. Acad Radiol. 2018 Jan; 25(1):129-135.
Liu J, Koskas L, Faraji F, Kao E, Wang Y, Haraldsson H, Kefayati S, Zhu C, Ahn S, Laub G, Saloner D. Highly accelerated intracranial 4D flow MRI: evaluation of healthy volunteers and patients with intracranial aneurysms. MAGMA. 2018 Apr; 31(2):295-307.
Wang Y, Seguro F, Kao E, Zhang Y, Faraji F, Zhu C, Haraldsson H, Hope M, Saloner D, Liu J. Segmentation of lumen and outer wall of abdominal aortic aneurysms from 3D black-blood MRI with a registration based geodesic active contour model. Med Image Anal. 2017 Aug; 40:1-10.
Liu J, Feng L, Shen HW, Zhu C, Wang Y, Mukai K, Brooks GC, Ordovas K, Saloner D. Highly-accelerated self-gated free-breathing 3D cardiac cine MRI: validation in assessment of left ventricular function. MAGMA. 2017 Aug; 30(4):337-346.
Zhu Y, Spincemaille P, Liu J, Li S, Nguyen, T.D., Prince M.R., Xie Y., Wang Y.. Nonlinear profile order for three-dimensional hybrid radial acquisition applied to self-gated free-breathing cardiac cine MRI. Chinese Physics B. 2017; 1(26).
S Kefayati, E Kao, J Liu, H Haraldsson, F Faraji, M Ballweber, K Meisel, V Halbach, D Saloner, M Amans. P-029 Turbulent Flow in the Venous Outflow Tract of Pulsatile Tinnitus Patients with Sigmoid Sinus Diverticulum. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. 2016 Jul 1; 8(Suppl 1):a43.
Ordovas KG, Keedy A, Naeger DM, Kallianos K, Foster E, Liu J, Saloner D, Hope MD. Dilatation of the ascending aorta is associated with presence of aortic regurgitation in patients after repair of tetralogy of Fallot. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016 Aug; 32(8):1265-72.
Gullberg G, Aparici CM, Brooks G, Liu J, Guccione J, Saloner D, Seo AY, Ordovas KG. Measuring cardiac efficiency using PET/MRI. EJNMMI Phys. 2015 Dec; 2(Suppl 1):A59.
Liu J, Pedoia V, Heilmeier U, Ku E, Su F, Khanna S, Imboden J, Graf J, Link T, Li X. High-temporospatial-resolution dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) wrist MRI with variable-density pseudo-random circular Cartesian undersampling (CIRCUS) acquisition: evaluation of perfusion in rheumatoid arthritis patients. NMR Biomed. 2016 Jan; 29(1):15-23.
Zhu C, Haraldsson H, Faraji F, Owens C, Gasper W, Ahn S, Liu J, Laub G, Hope MD, Saloner D. Isotropic 3D black blood MRI of abdominal aortic aneurysm wall and intraluminal thrombus. Magn Reson Imaging. 2016 Jan; 34(1):18-25.
Saloner D, Liu J, Haraldsson H. MR physics in practice: how to optimize acquisition quality and time for cardiac MR imaging. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2015 Feb; 23(1):1-6.
Zhu Y, Liu J, Weinsaft J, Spincemaille P, Nguyen T, Prince MR, Bao S, Xie Y and Wang Y. Free-breathing 3D imaging of right ventricular structure and function using respiratory and cardiac self-gated cine MRI. BioMed Research International. 2015; Vol 2015:Article ID 819102.
Liu J, Dyverfeldt P, Acevedo-Bolton G, Hope M, Saloner D. Highly accelerated aortic 4D flow MR imaging with variable-density random undersampling. Magn Reson Imaging. 2014 Oct; 32(8):1012-20.
Han M, Larson PE, Liu J, Krug R. Depiction of achilles tendon microstructure in vivo using high-resolution 3-dimensional ultrashort echo-time magnetic resonance imaging at 7 T. Invest Radiol. 2014 May; 49(5):339-45.
Liu J, Glenn OA, Xu D. Fast, free-breathing, in vivo fetal imaging using time-resolved 3D MRI technique: preliminary results. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2014 Apr; 4(2):123-8.
Liu J, Nguyen TD, Zhu Y, Spincemaille P, Prince MR, Weinsaft JW, Saloner D, Wang Y. Self-gated free-breathing 3D coronary CINE imaging with simultaneous water and fat visualization. PLoS One. 2014; 9(2):e89315.
Liu J, Saloner D. Accelerated MRI with CIRcular Cartesian UnderSampling (CIRCUS): a variable density Cartesian sampling strategy for compressed sensing and parallel imaging. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2014 Feb; 4(1):57-67.
Jing Liu, Petter Dyverfeldt, Michael D Hope, David Saloner. Accelerated 4D flow imaging with variable-density cartesian undersampling and parallel imaging reconstruction. Critical Reviews in Computed Tomography. 2013 Jan 1; 15(Suppl 1):p11.
Liu J, Liu T, de Rochefort L, Ledoux J, Khalidov I, Chen W, Tsiouris AJ, Wisnieff C, Spincemaille P, Prince MR, Wang Y. Morphology enabled dipole inversion for quantitative susceptibility mapping using structural consistency between the magnitude image and the susceptibility map. Neuroimage. 2012 Feb 01; 59(3):2560-8.
Spincemaille P, Liu J, Nguyen T, Prince MR, Wang Y. Z intensity-weighted position self-respiratory gating method for free-breathing 3D cardiac CINE imaging. Magn Reson Imaging. 2011 Jul; 29(6):861-8.
Liu T, Liu J, de Rochefort L, Spincemaille P, Khalidov I, Ledoux JR, Wang Y. Morphology enabled dipole inversion (MEDI) from a single-angle acquisition: comparison with COSMOS in human brain imaging. Magn Reson Med. 2011 Sep; 66(3):777-83.
Liu T, Khalidov I, de Rochefort L, Spincemaille P, Liu J, Tsiouris AJ, Wang Y. A novel background field removal method for MRI using projection onto dipole fields (PDF). NMR Biomed. 2011 Nov; 24(9):1129-36.
Liu J, Wieben O, Jung Y, Samsonov AA, Reeder SB, Block WF. Single breathhold cardiac CINE imaging with multi-echo three-dimensional hybrid radial SSFP acquisition. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2010 Aug; 32(2):434-40.
Liu J, Spincemaille P, Codella NC, Nguyen TD, Prince MR, Wang Y. Respiratory and cardiac self-gated free-breathing cardiac CINE imaging with multiecho 3D hybrid radial SSFP acquisition. Magn Reson Med. 2010 May; 63(5):1230-7.
de Rochefort L, Liu T, Kressler B, Liu J, Spincemaille P, Lebon V, Wu J, Wang Y. Quantitative susceptibility map reconstruction from MR phase data using bayesian regularization: validation and application to brain imaging. Magn Reson Med. 2010 Jan; 63(1):194-206.
Jung Y, Samsonov AA, Block WF, Lazar M, Lu A, Liu J, Alexander AL. 3D diffusion tensor MRI with isotropic resolution using a steady-state radial acquisition. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2009 May; 29(5):1175-84.
Liu J, Redmond MJ, Brodsky EK, Alexander AL, Lu A, Thornton FJ, Schulte MJ, Grist TM, Pipe JG, Block WF. Generation and visualization of four-dimensional MR angiography data using an undersampled 3-D projection trajectory. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2006 Feb; 25(2):148-57.
Liu J, Gershman AB, Luo ZQ, Wong KM. IEEE Signal Processing Letters. Adaptive Beamforming with Sidelobe Control: a Second-Order Cone Programming Approach. 2003; 10(11):331-4.