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Martha S. Jordan, PhD

Abramson Cancer Center

Degree and Institution

PhD, University of Pennsylvania (Immunology)

Faculty Title

Research Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Department of Pathology and Laboratory

Research Expertise

Dr. Jordan’s research focuses on understanding T cell development and function and how the molecular pathways that regulate these processes can be manipulated to enhance tumor immunosurveillance. T cell derived cytokines are known to influence tumor growth both positively and negatively. The Jordan lab recently described two novel T cell subsets that gain cytokine producing potential during their development within the thymus. One population naturally produces copious amounts IFN-g, a cytokine known to have anti-tumor activity. The second T cell subset is primed to secrete the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-17, which has been associated with tumor growth. Research in the laboratory is focused on determining the signaling pathways regulating cytokine production in these novel cell populations and understanding their function, including their role in tumor immunology.

University of Pennsylvania

Honors and Award

  • 2001, Saul Winegrad Thesis Award, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1999-2000, Monica Shander Award


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Contact Information

Martha S. Jordan
University of Pennsylvania
421 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Office Phone: 215-746-5546