Dr. Green made Popular Science’s annual “Brilliant Ten” list, which puts a spotlight on young scientists who are revolutionizing their fields.
The magazine honored Jordan Green, among “the most inspired young scientists and engineers—researchers whose ideas will transform the future.”
Green, 33, uses tiny, biodegradable particles to teach the immune system to recognize cancer cells. Others have tried this with round particles, but Green decided to make them football-shaped to maximize the surface area available for interacting with immune cells.
When given to mice with skin cancer, the elongated particles reduced tumor growth by an additional 25 percent and the mice lived longer than those that got round particles. Now, researchers in his field know to take shape into account when testing similar therapies.
The “Brilliant Ten” list appears online and in the October edition of Popular Science.