As Director of the International Institute for Public Health Laboratory Management, a joint project of the Association of Public Health Laboratories and The George Washington University, Professor Jordan draws on her unique and extensive expertise in microbiology, clinical laboratory medicine, and virology. The institute was developed to strengthen laboratory systems in nations around the world in order to improve their quality management systems.
Professor Jordan also works closely with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation on projects related to early infant diagnosis. She maintains an active research lab and has recently been awarded an NIH R01 grant aimed at developing a molecular approach using PCR and pyrosequencing to more rapidly detect and identify the organism(s) responsible for bloodstream infection.
Among prior research activities, she has studied the role of viral pathogens in newborns admitted to neonatal intensive care units in the Eastern European nation of Georgia and designed and implemented molecular testing for detecting organisms associated with maternal-neonatal infections.
Prior to joining GW SPH in 2008, Professor Jordan was a tenured associate professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. She also served as medical director of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Molecular Diagnostics at Magee-Women's Hospital and associate director for Magee-Women's Research Institute.