Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Manel Jordana completed his medical training at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and continued with a residency and clinical fellowship at Hospital de Sant Pau in the same city. Dr. Jordana quickly developed a passion for scientific research, and pursued this path with determination. After graduating with a PhD at McMaster University, he embarked on post-doctoral studies at the same university. He joined the faculty of McMaster University in 1988, and has since supervised over 75 trainees, and co-authored 160 scientific papers, reviews and book chapters.
Dr. Jordana focuses his research on the immunobiology of allergic diseases, including asthma as well as peanut allergy and anaphylaxis. He confesses that he fell into this field of research by a series of coincidences. “None of them terribly important” he points out. He argues that all scientific research is important: “What it’s important is that you pursue your choices with sincerity and passion as if they were the most important things in the world even if you know that they are not”. Despite his vast knowledge and experience, Dr. Jordana is truly humble. He explains: “The tremendous progress in our understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of allergic diseases has led us to the unmistakable realization that we know next to nothing”. In line with this, the quest for knowledge itself, unquestionably a key aspect of science, is what drives Dr. Jordana. He quotes The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: "It is life that matters, nothing but life -the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all".
Finally, Dr. Jordana offers some advice to future generations of scientists. He describes that the most important qualities for a scientist are “persistence, determination [and] honesty”, in addition to “precision [and] intellectual openness”. Dr. Jordana’s intellectual side and humor shines through when he refers to the decisive moment in a young scientist’s career as ‘the litmus test’. “You know that scientific research is for you the moment you realize that you cannot refrain from doing it”, he adds. With this passion, Dr. Jordana continues to guide and train aspiring young scientists with all his knowledge and curiosity, as they push the boundaries of scientific research.
Dr. Manel Jordana, MD, PhD
Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine
McMaster Immunology Research Centre (MIRC)
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Tier I Canada Research Chair
Medical training: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.
Clinical Fellowship: Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain.
Graduate studies (PhD): McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.
Post-doctoral training: McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.
Faculty at McMaster University since: 1988. Trained over 75 students and post-docs.
Research interests: Immunobiology of allergic diseases (asthma, peanut allergy, anaphylaxis).
Selected publications: 1) Ohno I. et al. J Clin Invest 1992; 89: 1662; 2: Takanashi S. et al. J Exp Med 1994; 180:711; 3) Ohkawara Y. et al. J Clin Invest 1996; 97:1766; 4) Stampfli M.R. et al. J Clin Invest 1998; 102:1704; 5) Lei X-F. et al. J Clin Invest 1998; 101: 1342; 6) Gajewska B. et al. J Clin Invest 2001; 108: 577; 7) Johnson J.R. et al. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2004; 169:378; 8) Arias K. et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2009; 124:307; 9) Fattouh R. et al. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2011; 183:179; 10) Al-Garawi A. et al. Mucosal Immunol 2011; 6:682; 11) Chu D.K. et al. J Exp Med 2014 (in press).