Joany Jackman

Joany Jackman

Joany Jackman, PhD, received a BA in American Studies from Brandeis University; subsequently, she received a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Jackman received her PhD in the Program in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Vermont.

Dr. Jackman began working in the area of infectious diseases at US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in 1997. The focus of this work was to develop novel methods of rapid pathogen identification and diagnosis of infection using mass spectrometry and microarray methodologies. Dr. Jackman joined the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in 2000 where she has continued her work in rapid pathogen identification and advises in biocontainment facility design and operations. In 2003 she received the Christopher Columbus Homeland Security Award in the area of Emergency Response.

Dr. Jackman is developing methods to analyze breath for novel markers of infection. This technology uses proteins and lipids secreted by the host in response to pathogens in the lungs to detect signs of infection prior to the appearance of symptoms. The technique is non-invasive and rapid. Analysis is carried out using mass spectrometry of exhaled breath. Both the pattern of secreted proteins and the chronology of their production are used to identify infected individuals prior to the appearance of signs and symptoms. In 2005, she received Invention of the Year from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for her work in breath diagnostics.

During the past eight years, Dr. Jackman has participated in technology reviews for Department of Defense such as Joint Program Executive Office and other military agencies and conducted technology reviews and testing for DARPA. Dr. Jackman is a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer where she provides presentations on Agroterrorism, Biothreat Detection, Breath as a Diagnostic, and the History of Bioterrorism. In addition, she has been an active member of the Maryland Fire Rescue Service in the Washington area and is certified to the level of EMT-B and Firefighter II.


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