Cancer researcher Trowbridge joins Jackson Laboratory faculty

Date: August 20, 2012
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Bar Harbor, Maine—Jennifer J. Trowbridge, Ph.D., a cancer researcher who investigates ways of stopping leukemia stem cells from renewing themselves and causing disease, has joined The Jackson Laboratory as an assistant professor.

Jennifer Trowbridge, Ph.D.Trowbridge joins the Laboratory from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital in Boston, where she has been conducting postdoctoral research under the mentorship of Stuart H. Orkin, M.D. since 2006. She is also an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

The Canadian-born Trowbridge completed her undergraduate studies in genetics at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada) in 2002. Continuing her studies at UWO, she earned her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology in 2006.

Trowbridge plans to continue her studies of factors that control self-renewal of hematopoietic stem cells, which give rise to all the various kinds of normal blood cells, investigating whether these same factors control leukemia stem cells. Her research is geared toward understanding the self-renewal process in leukemia, which, if it can be arrested, will lead to new approaches for therapeutic intervention.

"The Jackson Laboratory is a very exciting place to establish my independent research program,” Trowbridge says. “Having experience in the trials and tribulations that come along with translational science and getting results from the bench to the clinic, the Laboratory’s push toward translational biology and opening the JAX Genomic Medicine campus in Connecticut are a huge asset.

“For me, the most satisfying outcome of a new discovery in the lab is seeing realization of its potential to impact human disease, and at JAX I am confident that we can make that happen,” she says.

Trowbridge has co-authored several important publications in high-impact journals, both as a graduate student and as a postdoctoral fellow, including a “News and Views” commentary in the December 2011 issue of Nature Genetics. She has earned multiple fellowships and awards, including the American Society of Hematology Scholar Award for 2011-13, and she co-holds a U.S. patent on methods for regulating stem cells.

“Jennifer Trowbridge is a motivated young investigator,” says Jackson Professor and Vice President for Research Robert Braun, Ph.D., “with a sharp intellect and innovative approach to hypotheses and experimental design. She will make a great addition to our faculty.”

Trowbridge will join the Laboratory’s faculty in September.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. It employs a total staff of more than 1,400. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human disease and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.



Joyce Peterson, 207-288-6058, The Jackson Laboratory

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