Dr. Jordan is a pathologist with a research interest in oral and head and neck cancers. He is active in the Radiation Therapy Oncology (RTOG) group where he co-directs the RTOG Biospecimen Repository. The RTOG is one of 11 co-operative cancer groups that conduct large multi-institution clinical trials of cancer therapies and is responsible for several major advances in the management of head and neck, GU and brain cancers. In this capacity he serves as the pathology Chair for several clinical trials. In addition he has contributed to recent studies identifying the important role the human papilloma virus (HPV) plays in a subset of head and neck cancers. His own research is focused on understanding the molecular basis of oral cancer and its precancerous forms using novel molecular assays.