Research areas & faculty

The Jackson Laboratory faculty come together from diverse backgrounds to advance mammalian genetics research. Research is now underway at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Conn., in addition to our main campus in Bar Harbor, Maine.

* Located at JAX Genomic Medicine in Connecticut.

Research area 


The recently established Jackson Aging Center focuses on the basic mechanisms of aging to find the genetic and physiological causes of age-related diseases and disorders.

Gary Churchill Chengkai Dai David Harrison
Gareth Howell Ron Korstanje Kevin Mills
Beverly Paigen Luanne Peters John Sundberg

Bioinformatics/Computational Biology

The bioinformatics and computational biology faculty develop sophisticated tools for analysis, storage, organization and annotation of the ever-increasing amounts of available genetics data for internal use and for access by the research community. 

Judith Blake Molly Bogue Carol Bult
Greg Carter Elissa Chesler Jeffrey Chuang*
Gary Churchill Janan Eppig Joel Graber
Charles Lee* Zhengqing Ouyang* Martin Ringwald
Yijun Ruan* Duygu Ucar*


The Jackson Laboratory has played a critical role in cancer and genetic research since 1929. We are an NCI-designated cancer center.

Jacques Banchereau Carol Bult Chengkai Dai
Janan Eppig Joel Graber Edison Liu
Kevin Mills Karolina Palucka Leonard Shultz
Jennifer Trowbridge Kyuson Yun


Research focuses on various aspects of cardiovascular function, from early development to the role of genetics in determining cholesterol levels. 

Ron Korstanje Beverly Paigen


Jackson Laboratory faculty investigate the basic processes that take us from fertilized egg to functional being, which also hold key information about how our genes function. 

Susan Ackerman David Bergstrom Ewelina Bolcun-filas
Robert Braun Robert Burgess Steve Murray
Martin Ringwald Basile Tarchini Kyuson Yun
Zhong-wei Zhang


Genetics used to mean single-gene research. There’s now an entire genome to investigate and comprehend, and Jackson Laboratory researchers are using sophisticated new techniques to unravel its complexities. 

Judith Blake Molly Bogue Robert Braun
Carol Bult Greg Carter Elissa Chesler
Jeffrey Chuang* Gary Churchill Janan Eppig
Wayne Frankel Joel Graber Gareth Howell
Simon John Vivek Kumar Charles Lee*
Edison Liu Zhengqing Ouyang Kenneth Paigen
Yijun Ruan* Michael Stitzel* Duygu Ucar*
George Weinstock*


The Jackson Laboratory is at the forefront of the new thinking about how the body’s immune response and inflammation contribute to a variety of diseases, including cancer and diabetes.

Jacques Banchereau Edward Leiter Kevin Mills
Karolina Palucka Luanne Peters Derry Roopenian
David Serreze Leonard Shultz John Sundberg
Jennifer Trowbridge Derya Unutmaz* Adam Williams*


Research at the Laboratory addresses the vast genetic networks that contribute to obesity and metabolic disorders.  

Edward Leiter Jurgen Naggert Patsy Nishina
Beverly Paigen David Serreze Michael Stitzel*


The Jackson Laboratory addresses a wide range for research topics regarding neurological function and dysfunction, from developmental processes and sensory disorders to neuron degeneration. 

Susan Ackerman Robert Burgess Bo Chang
Elissa Chesler Gregory Cox Wayne Frankel
Gareth Howell Simon John Kenneth Johnson
Vivek Kumar Verity Letts Cathleen Lutz
Jurgen Naggert Patsy Nishina Kevin Seburn
Richard Smith Basile Tarchini Kyuson Yun
Zhong-wei Zhang

Reproductive Biology

Research into egg and sperm production and associated problems provides new ways to address reproductive disorders such as infertility and the potential for better contraception methods. 

Robert Braun Ewelina Bolcun-filas John Eppig
Mary Ann Handel Kenneth Paigen Laura Reinholdt

Research Tools

Improving human health requires new and better tools for discovery. The Jackson Laboratory scientists develop disease model systems as well as technology breakthroughs for use at the Lab as well as in the research community at large. 

Judith Blake Molly Bogue Simon John
Cathleen Lutz Steve Murray Laura Reinholdt
Michael Sasner George Weinstock*

Stem Cells

Stem cells may hold the key to breakthroughs in many of the Laboratory’s research areas, with particular emphasis focused on their role in cancer and aging. 

Robert Braun David Harrison Jennifer Trowbridge
Kyuson Yun


* Located at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Conn.


Name Research areas Location
Ackerman, Susan Development, Neurobiology Bar Harbor
Bergstrom, David Development Bar Harbor
Blake, Judith A. Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Genomics, Research Tools Bar Harbor
Bogue, Molly Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Genomics, Research Tools Bar Harbor
Braun, Robert Development, Genomics, Reproductive Biology, Stem Cells Bar Harbor
Bult, Carol J. Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Cancer, Genomics Bar Harbor
Burgess, Robert W. Development, Neurobiology Bar Harbor
Carter, Greg Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Genomics Bar Harbor
Chang, Bo Neurobiology Bar Harbor
Chesler, Elissa Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Genomics, Neurobiology Bar Harbor
Chuang, Jeffrey* Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Genomics Farmington
Churchill, Gary A. Aging, Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Genomics Bar Harbor
Cox, Gregory Neurobiology Bar Harbor
Dai, Chengkai Aging, Cancer Bar Harbor
Eppig, Janan Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Cancer, Genomics Bar Harbor
Eppig, John Reproductive Biology Bar Harbor
Frankel, Wayne N. Genomics, Neurobiology Bar Harbor
Graber, Joel. H. Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Cancer, Genomics Bar Harbor
Handel, Mary Ann Reproductive Biology Bar Harbor
Harrison, David E. Aging, Stem Cells Bar Harbor
Howell, Gareth Aging, Genomics, Neurobiology Bar Harbor
John, Simon Genomics, Neurobiology, Research Tools Bar Harbor
Johnson, Kenneth Neurobiology Bar Harbor
Korstanje, Ron Aging, Cardiovascular Bar Harbor
Lee, Charles* Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Genomics Farmington
Leiter, Edward H. Immunology/Inflammation/Hematology, Metabolism Bar Harbor
Letts, Verity Neurobiology Bar Harbor
Lutz, Cathleen Neurobiology, Research Tools Bar Harbor
Mills, Kevin Aging, Cancer, Immunology/Inflammation/Hematology Bar Harbor
Murray, Steve Development, Research Tools Bar Harbor
Naggert, Jürgen K. Metabolism, Neurobiology Bar Harbor
Nishina, Patsy Metabolism, Neurobiology Bar Harbor
Ouyang, Zhengqing* Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Genomics Farmington
Paigen, Beverly Aging, Cardiovascular, Metabolism Bar Harbor
Paigen, Kenneth Genomics, Reproductive Biology Bar Harbor
Peters, Luanne Aging, Immunology/Inflammation/Hematology Bar Harbor
Reinholdt, Laura Reproductive Biology, Research Tools Bar Harbor
Ringwald, Martin Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Development Bar Harbor
Roopenian, Derry C. Immunology/Inflammation/Hematology Bar Harbor
Ruan, Yijun* Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Genomics Farmington
Sasner, Michael Research Tools Bar Harbor
Seburn, Kevin Neurobiology Bar Harbor
Serreze, David V. Immunology/Inflammation/Hematology, Metabolism Bar Harbor
Shultz, Leonard D. Cancer, Immunology/Inflammation/Hematology Bar Harbor
Smith, Richard Neurobiology Bar Harbor
Stitzel, Michael* Genomics, Metabolism Farmington
Sundberg, John Aging, Immunology/Inflammation/Hematology, Metabolism Bar Harbor
Trowbridge, Jennifer Cancer, Immunology/Inflammation/Hematology, Stem Cells Bar Harbor
Ucar, Duygu* Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Genomics Farmington
Yun, Kyuson Cancer, Development, Neurobiology, Stem Cells Bar Harbor
Zhang, Zhong-wei Development, Neurobiology Bar Harbor

Faculty directory

Professors Associate Professors
Assistant Professors Adjunct Staff Members
Senior Research Scientists Research Scientists 
Associate Research Scientists Affiliated Scientists
Predoctoral Staff Postdoctoral Staff
Emeritus Staff


Name Email
Susan L. Ackerman, Ph.D.
Jacques F. Banchereau, Ph.D.*
Judy A. Blake, Ph.D.
Robert E. Braun, Ph.D.
Carol J. Bult, Ph.D.
Robert W. Burgess, Ph.D.
Gary A. Churchill, Ph.D.
Janan T. Eppig, Ph.D.
Wayne N. Frankel, Ph.D.
David E. Harrison, Ph.D.
Simon W.M. John, Ph.D. 
Reinhard Laubenbacher, Ph.D.*
Charles Lee, Ph.D.*
Edward H. Leiter, Ph.D.
Juergen K. Naggert, Ph.D.
Patsy Nishina, Ph.D.
Beverly J. Paigen, Ph.D.
Kenneth Paigen, Ph.D.
Karolina K. Palucka, Ph.D.*
Luanne L. Peters, Ph.D.
Derry C. Roopenian, Ph.D.
Yijun Ruan, Ph.D.*
David V. Serreze, Ph.D.
Leonard D. Shultz, Ph.D.
John P. Sundberg, DVM, Ph.D.
Derya Unutmaz, Ph.D.*
George M. Weinstock, Ph.D.*

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Associate Professors

Name Email
Elissa J. Chesler, Ph.D.
Jeffrey H. Chuang, Ph.D.*
Gregory A. Cox, Ph.D.
Kenneth R. Johnson Ph.D
Kevin D. Mills, Ph.D
Martin Ringwald, Ph.D.
Zhong-wei Zhang, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professors

Name Email
Ewelina M. Bolcun-Filas, Ph.D.
Gregory Carter, Ph.D.
Chengkai Dai, M.D., Ph.D.
Gareth R. Howell, Ph.D.
Ron Korstanje, Ph.D.
Vivek Kumar, Ph.D.
Steven Munger, Ph.D.
Zhengqing Ouyang, Ph.D.*
Michael L. Stitzel, Ph.D.*
Basile R. Tarchini, Ph.D.
Jennifer J. Trowbridge, Ph.D.
Duygu Ucar, Ph.D.*
Haoyi Wang, Ph.D.
Adam Williams, Ph.D.*

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Adjunct Staff Members

Name Email
Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell, Ph.D. 
Michael Brehm, Ph.D. michael.brehm@umassmed
Roderick Bronson, DVM
David R. Gandara, M.D.
Dale L. Greiner, Ph.D.
Thomas Gridley, Ph.D.  
Matthew Hibbs, Ph.D.
Harm HogenEsch, Ph.D.
Andre Khalil, Ph.D.  
Barbara B. Knowles, Ph.D. barbara.knowles@
Da Ting Lin, Ph.D.
Samuel E. Lux, MD
Michael Mason, Ph.D.
Herbert Morse, MD 
Allan Pack, Ph.D.
Jens Rueter, Ph.D.
John Schimenti, Ph.D.
Paul N. Schofield, Ph.D.
Kevin Strange, Ph.D.
Jerrold Ward, Ph.D.
Rong Yuan, MD, Ph.D.

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Senior Research Scientists

Name Email
Bo Chang, Ph.D.
Joel H. Graber, Ph.D.
Mary Ann Handel, Ph.D.
James Kadin, Ph.D.
Cathleen Lutz, Ph.D.
Steve Murray, Ph.D.
Petko Petkov, Ph.D.
Laura Reinholdt, Ph.D.
Joel Richardson, Ph.D.
Erica J. Weinstock. Ph.D.*
Kyuson Yun, Ph.D.
Chengsheng (CZ) Zhang, Ph.D.*

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Research Scientists

Name Email
David Bergstrom, Ph.D.
Molly Bogue, Ph.D.
Rebecca Boumil, Ph.D.
Mary Dolan, Ph.D.
David Hill, Ph.D.
Hyunsoo Kim, Ph.D.*
Verity Letts, Ph.D.
Guoliang Li, Ph.D.*
Michael Sasner, Ph.D.
Kevin Seburn, Ph.D.
Cynthia Smith, Ph.D.
Karen Svenson, Ph.D.
Robert Taft, Ph.D.
Julie Wells, Ph.D.
Michael Wiles, Ph.D.
Yusuke Yamamoto, Ph.D.
Yanjiao Zhou, Ph.D.*

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Associate Research Scientists

Name Email
Christopher Baker, Ph.D.
Laurent Bogdanik, Ph.D.
Jason Bubier, Ph.D.
Mimi de Vries, Ph.D.
Yair Dorsett, Ph.D.*
Kevin Flurkey, Ph.D.
Muneer Hasham, Ph.D.
Vishnu Hosur, Ph.D.
Krish Kizhatil, Ph.D.
Lina Kozhaya, Ph.D.*
Dayana Krawchuk, Ph.D.
Mark Krebs, Ph.D.
Shana Leopold, Ph.D.*
Radu Marches, Ph.D.*
Eladio Marquez, Ph.D.*
Francesca Menghi, Ph.D.*
Hoan Nguyen, Ph.D.*
Gang Ning, Ph.D.*
Emil Parvanov, Ph.D.
Kevin Peterson, Ph.D.
Raymond Robledo, Ph.D.
Ruth L. Saxl, Ph.D.
Manju Sharma, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Snyder, Ph.D.
Ileana Soto Reyes, Ph.D.
Fengyun Sun, Ph.D.
Sivakamasumdari V, Ph.D.*
Purva Vats, Ph.D.*
Xia Wang, Ph.D.*
Chun Yu, Ph.D.
Yingfan Zhang, Ph.D.
Lihong Zhao, Ph.D.
Qihui Zhu, Ph.D.*

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Affiliated Scientists

Name Email
Linda Waterman, DVM
James Fahey, DVM
Barbara Tennent, Ph.D.
Ray Vonder Haar, Ph.D.

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Predoctoral Staff

Name Email
Kyle Beauchemin
Seungbum Choi
Yang Kong
Grace Kwon*
Erik McCarthy
Kathryn Morelli
Emily Spaulding
Cong Tian
Laura Urbanski*
Maria Xu*

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Postdoctoral Staff

Name Email
Candice Baker, Ph.D.
Bautista Bautista, Eddy*
Yanfei Chen. Ph.D.*
Albert Cheng, Ph.D.
Benoit Chevalier, Ph.D.*
Kwangbom Choi, Ph.D.
Kin-Hoe Chow, Ph.D.
William Corwin, Ph.D.*
Theun de Groot, Ph.D.
Price Dickson, Ph.D.
Marcin Duleba, Ph.D.*
Sarah Edie, Ph.D.
Hongjun Fu, Ph.D.
Chizuru Sogawa Fujiwara, Ph.D.
Yasuhiro, Fujiwara, Ph.D.
Andrew Garrett, Ph.D.
Archana Gopalan, Ph.D.
John Graham, Ph.D.
Blake Hanson, Ph.D.*
Jeffrey Harder, Ph.D.
Amy Hicks, Ph.D.
Yue Hong, Ph.D.*
Vishnu Hosur, Ph.D.
Bo Ji, Ph.D.
Mridu Kapur, Ph.D.
Ji Hun Kim, Ph.D.*
Pooja Kumar, Ph.D.*
Ina Kycia, Ph.D.*
Kristin Lamont, Ph.D.
Xingwang Li, Ph.D.*
Oscar Luo, Ph.D.*
Sivaraman Natarajan, Ph.D.
Danitza Nebor, Ph.D.
Javad Noorbakhsh, Ph.D.*
Kristen Onos, Ph.D.
Lauren Petersen, Ph.D.*
Pavlina Petkova, Ph.D.
Natalie Powers, Ph.D.
Maximiliano Presa, Ph.D.
Jeremy Racine, Ph.D.
Narayanan Raghupathy, Ph.D.
Prashant Singh, Ph.D.*
Samantha Smith, Ph.D.*
Daniel Spakowicz, Ph.D.*
Kuo-Hui Su, Ph.D.
Narayan Subramanian, Ph.D.
George Sutphin, Ph.D.
Abby Tadenev, Ph.D.
Zhonghui Tang, Ph.D.*
Hui Tian, Ph.D.
Simon Tian, Ph.D.
Anna L. Tyler, Ph.D.
Mohit Verma, Ph.D.
Joel Wagner, Ph.D.*
Yubing Wan, Ph.D.*
Ping Wang, Ph.D.*
Xulong Wang, Ph.D.
Pete Williams, Ph.D.
Te-Chia (Tina) Wu, Ph.D.*
Zhihong Yang, Ph.D.
Kira Young, Ph.D.
Meizhen Zheng, Ph.D.*
Chenchen Zou, Ph.D.*

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Emeritus Staff

Name Email
Jane E. Barker, Ph.D. 
Wesley G. Beamer, Ph.D.
Seldon E. Bernstein, Ph.D.
Robert L. Collins, Ph.D.
Muriel Davisson, Ph.D.
Igor K. Egorov, Ph.D., DSc
Eva M. Eicher, Ph.D.
John J. Eppig, Ph.D.
Robert Evans, Ph.D., DSc
Richard R. Fox, Ph.D.
Barbara H. Hugus, Ph.D.
Andrew A. Kandutsch, Ph.D.
Larry E. Mobraaten, Ph.D. 
David D. Myers, DVM, Ph.D.
Leroy C. Stevens, Ph.D.  
Benjamin A. Taylor, Ph.D.

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