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Currently, more than half of the global cancer burden occurs in low-and middle-income countries, with 40% of those cancers related to infection.
Listen in as Jordan discusses his labs' use of multiplexing technologies for multiple miRNA detections from crude matrices in a large number of samples as required for cancer screening.
Jordan Plieskatt leads the Biomarker Research group under Dr. Jeffrey Bethony at The George Washington University’s Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Tropical Medicine. He has more than eighteen years of experience in both protein chemistry and nucleic acid research.
In 2001, Jordan joined The George Washington University to lead the analytical and formulation unit as it advanced multiple vaccine development programs for neglected diseases of poverty, particularly Human Hookworm and Malaria. Today, he continues his work in vaccine development by consulting with organizations and program development partners to facilitate advancement of their efforts in neglected disease eradication.
In 2011, Jordan broadened his involvement in neglected disease research to include biomarker discovery and development of diagnostics. Focusing primarily on miRNAs and their utility in biomarker signatures for infection related cancers, he has integrated innovative technologies into laboratory workflows to minimize the time between bench discovery and field validation applications.
Jordan is the lead author in a number of recent publications related to miRNA biomarker development work currently focused on Opistorchis viverrini-induced cholangiocarcinoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma.