The Jackson Laboratory, founded in 1929, is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, mouse production facilities in Ellsworth, Maine and Sacramento, Calif., and a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. It employs more than 2,100 staff, and its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.
JAX researchers take an integrated approach to precision medicine, combining expertise in cancer, immunology including diabetes, neurogenetics including Alzheimer’s disease, and life-cycle biology including development, stem cells, aging and regenerative medicine.
To date, 26 Nobel prizes are associated with Jackson Laboratory research, education programs and resources. Dr. George Snell won the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for providing an in-depth understanding of the immune system’s major histocompatibility complex, making organ transplants possible. Three graduates of the Laboratory’s Summer Student Program have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, and another two dozen Nobel Prizes have been awarded for research conducted using JAX® Mice. Other historic research highlights include:
The Jackson Laboratory offers educational programs for scientists throughout their careers — from STEM education for high school students and training for science and math teachers to courses and conferences for experienced researchers defining the cutting edge of genomics research and specialized training for physicians interested in incorporating genetics and genomics into their practices.
JAX empowers the global biomedical community through curation of data and provision of critical research models and services.
JAX provides in vivo drug efficacy testing, reproductive services and husbandry in a wide range of therapeutic areas for biomedical researchers.
Bar Harbor, Maine: Researchers at the Laboratory’s headquarters and mammalian genetics campus study the fundamental genetics underlying cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and many other diseases. JAX’s expertise in developing new mouse models and clinical services supports the work of the international scientific community.
Ellsworth, Maine: The Charles E. Hewett Center is a state-of-the-art mouse production facility that opened in 2018. The new vivarium enables wider access to vital JAX mouse resources for the worldwide biomedical research community.
Farmington, Connecticut: The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine is a new facility located on the campus of UConn Health Center. Internationally recognized experts in areas such as computational biology, immunology, the microbiome, and cancer are focused on genomic solutions to many of today’s most prevalent diseases.
Sacramento, California: This JAX facility is dedicated to mouse production and scientific services with a robust offering of genetically unique research mouse models and scientific testing and analysis capabilities.