new faculty join our world class team

We are recruiting the best and brightest in the scientific world to build our research teams in key areas, including cancer and regenerative medicine.

There are more than 60 principal investigators at The Jackson Laboratory who lead research teams in disease areas including cancer, reproductive biology, immunology, metabolic processes, neuroscience and the microbiome. Our scientists come from laboratories all over the world, and we continue to recruit top-notch researchers.

Here are the latest scientists to join our team.

Cancer research

Connecticut Children's Medical Center, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, and the UConn School of Medicine have made their first joint appointment: The distinguished pediatric oncologist and cancer researcher Ching C. Lau, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Lau serves as Professor at JAX, where he specializes in pediatric brain and bone tumor research. He is also the Medical Director of Hematology-Oncology at Connecticut Children's and Head of the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics at the UConn School of Medicine.

JAX has named medical oncologist Jens Rueter, M.D., to the newly created position of medical director for the Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative (MCGI), a partnership with community hospitals to help Maine cancer patients and their physicians access precision cancer care. Rueter comes to JAX from Eastern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care and will be based at The Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care of MaineGeneral Health in Augusta.

Cell biology

Internationally recognized geneticist and muscle degeneration expert Se-Jin Lee, M.D., Ph.D., accepted joint faculty appointments at JAX and UConn Health in February. Lee, whose research focuses on muscular dystrophies and other muscle wasting conditions, will establish his laboratory at JAX Genomic Medicine. Lee comes to JAX from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and received the prestigious Ho-Am Prize in Medicine in 2013.

Genetics and genomics

Christine Beck, Ph.D., a genomics expert in transposable elements and their impact on human disease, joined JAX Genomic Medicine and UConn Health as their fifth joint-appointed faculty. Beck comes to JAX and UConn Health from Baylor College of Medicine, where she completed her postdoctoral work as a research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. James R. Lupski, M.D., Ph.D. Beck earned her Ph.D. in human genetics at the University of Michigan, and her B.S. in biochemistry at Iowa State University. 

Ryan Tewhey, Ph.D., develops new molecular tools to explore the areas of the genome involved in regulation — turning genes on and off. Tewhey has joined The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) faculty as an assistant professor, where he plans to explore those regulatory variants and how they impact health. Tewhey just completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University and the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass., where he led a team that improved a technique to precisely “barcode” minute fragments of DNA in order to track their role in contributing to diseases.