6th Annual Conference - 2016
Philippa Marack, Ph.D
Munro chatted her up, discussing her great uncle John, an immunologist who had discovered an aspect of antibody function. Munro told her he thought it would be interesting to have a relative of John Marrack in his laboratory.
Kidding aside, Marrack concedes she decided to work with Munro because he was starting a laboratory at the prestigious Medical Research Council's Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. The MRC then housed four Nobel Prize winners and was known for its free exchange of scientific information. Indeed, Marrack routinely lunched with Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick, the codiscoverer of DNA's structure, when she was there.
At the time, though, Marrack says there really was no way to predict that immunology would prove to be so rewarding to her professionally and personally. T cells, which would become the focus of her research, had only recently been discovered and little was known about their biology. How was she also to know that immunology would allow her to meet another important person in her life, John Kappler.
The two met as postdoctoral fellows in 1971 at the University of California, San Diego. Two years later they married, moved to the University of Rochester, established a joint laboratory, and have collaborated doing research about T cell biology ever since. They came to Denver in 1979 and have appointments at both the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and National Jewish Health.
Ryan Brinkman, Ph.D
Michael Jordan, MD
Dr. Jordan graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1993. After completing a pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Dallas in 1996, he began a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship at The Children’s Hospital, Denver, Colorado. After completing clinical training, Dr Jordan joined the laboratory of Drs. Philippa Marrack and John Kappler in 1997, where he studied T cell biology. In 2002, Dr Jordan became an Instructor of Pediatrics and in 2003 was named Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Medical School. In 2004 he moved to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital/ University of Cincinnati, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the divisions of Immunobiology, and Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency. The Jordan lab studies the pathophysiology and treatment of immune regulatory disorders, including LRBA deficiency and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis.