Dr. Margaret Jordan PhD

Dr Jordan (PhD in Immunogenetics) is a Senior Research Fellow, Director of Research (Molecular and Cell Biology) and Honours’ Co-ordinator in the Comparative Genomics Centre at JCU, Townsville, Australia. The breadth of her research explores the genetics of autoimmune diseases, including Type 1 Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Type A Gastritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosis, both in humans and in mouse models of disease. She was awarded the prestigious NHMRC/MSRA Betty Cuthbert Fellowship in 2013 to research the genomics underlying Multiple Sclerosis and is the recipient of grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA), Rebecca L. Cooper Foundation, Rising Stars Program, JCU, the Logan Foundation, Australasian Society for Immunology (ASI) and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  As a current committee member of the Queensland branch of ASI, she was an organiser of the ASI conference in Brisbane in 2017, while she has also organised other scientific conferences both nationally and internationally, and public events for the Day of Immunology and JCU Public Open Days. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Investigative Genomics (JIG), has editorial responsibilities for several scientific journals and reviews grant applications for NHMRC, Diabetes Research Australia Trust (DART), Logan Foundation, Rebecca L. Cooper Foundation and MSRA. She is also a member of the Animal Ethics committee, JCU and reviews Human Ethics applications. Dr Jordan currently supervises two PhD students and teaches into the Molecular & Cell Biology Programme to 3rd year Science undergraduates in addition to lecturing Pharmacogenomics to 3rd year Pharmacy students. She reviews grant applications for Competitive JCU Scholarships as well as for the Graduate Research Scheme Grants-in aid Conference Funding (College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, JCU, Townsville, Australia). She has published several primary manuscripts, reviews and abstracts and has a book chapter in “The Autoimmune Diseases”, a well-regarded comprehensive work for basic and clinical scientists.