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Travis Jackson, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Critical Care Medicine

Associate Director of Cell Signaling, Safar Center for Resuscitation Research

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For me, endeavoring to understand the brain has always been an obsessive passion - to the extent it has become my cherished vocation.  I am driven to imagine, invent, and create new solutions to treat brain injury, inspired by hope to improve lives of those afflicted.  To that end, my vision is to engage in exciting studies that answer fundamental biological questions into the mechanisms of neuronal death. Moreover, I focus efforts on basic science projects that ultimately could have translational relevance and commercialization potential.  I have a strong professional interest in converting basic and abstract ideas into tangible therapies, and strive to be vigilant of those opportunities when logical to develop in my work. Taking this approach and philosophy to biomedical research is most satisfying for me but more importantly, it offers me a chance to try and make a difference in the lives I am here to help.

I was born in Nashville Tennessee in 1982 and later moved to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1991. After earning a B.S. in neuroscience from University of Pittsburgh in 2005, I journeyed to warmer climates for my doctoral thesis work at University of Florida in Gainesville. Returning to Pittsburgh, I completed my postdoctoral training at Safar Center for Resuscitation Research (SCRR). 

 

Education and Training Degree Year Field
University of Pittsburgh   2010 - 2012 Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Florida Ph.D. 2010 Neuroscience
University of Pittsburgh B.S. 2005 Neuroscience

 

Administrative Titles / Positions

Years Department Title
2014 - Current Safar Center for Resuscitation Research Associate Director of Cell Signaling
2011 - 2014 Safar Center for Resuscitation Research Scientist

 

Honors

Year Honor / Award
2012 National Neurotrauma Meetings Poster Finalist
2012 Annual Safar Symposium Research Day Poster Award Winner
2010 University of Florida Interdisciplinary Medical Guild Research Competition Finalist
2005-2008 University of Florida Grinter Fellowship
 
 
 
Ongoing Research Projects
 
1)  PI: Travis C. Jackson, PhD
     Agency: National Institutes of Health, NINDS (R21-NS088145)                          
     Title: The mRNA splicing factor RBM5: A new therapeutic target for TBI.
     Performance Period: 07/01/2014 – 06/30/2016
     Role: Principle Investigator
 
2)  PI: Travis C. Jackson, PhD
      Agency: American Heart Association (National Center) Scientist Development Grant   (14SDG20210000)
      Title: Pharmacological inhibitors of PHLPP1: Novel Therapies to Treat Brain Injury
       after Cardiac Arrest.
       Performance Period: 07/01/2014 – 07/01/2018
       Role: Principle Investigator
 
       PI: Travis C. Jackson, PhD
       Agency: American Heart Association (Great Rivers Affiliate) Scientist Development Grant      (14SDG20100043) [AWARDED BUT DECLINED TO ACCEPT - NATIONAL AHA GRANT OVERLAP]
       Title: Pharmacological inhibitors of PHLPP1: Novel Therapies to Treat Brain Injury
       after Cardiac Arrest.
       Performance Period: 07/01/2014 – 07/01/2017
       Role: Principle Investigator                         
      
3)    PI: Patrick M. Kochanek, MD
        Agency: US Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC)
        Title: Operation Brain Trauma Therapy Extended Studies
        Performance Period: 04/01/14-03/31/16
        Role: Co-Investigator
 
4)    PI: Patrick M. Kochanek, MD & Edwin K. Jackson, PhD
        Agency: National Institutes of Health, NINDS (1R01NS87978),           
        Title: 2’,3’-cAMP in Traumatic Brain Injury
        Performance Period: 7/1/2014-6/302019
        Role: Co-Investigator
 
 
Completed Research
 
1)    PI: Philip Scarpace
       Agency: National Institutes of Health, NIA (2-T32-AG000196-16A1)
       Title: Neurobiology of Aging Training Grant
        Performance Period: 06/01/2007 – 05/31/2009
       Role: Predoctoral NRSA T32 Fellowship Awardee
 
2)    PI: Patrick M. Kochanek, MD & Edwin K. Jackson, PhD
        Agency: National Institutes of Health, NINDS (R21-NS07003)                     
        Title: Role of CNPase in TBI
        Performance Period: 08/01/2010 – 07/01/2011
        Role: Postdoctoral Research Associate
 
3)     PI: Travis C. Jackson, PhD
        Agency: Laerdal Foundation for Acute medicine                      
        Title: PHLPP1 Is A New Therapeutic Target For The Treatment of Brain Injury from Cardiac Arrest
         Performance Period: 07/01/2011 – 12/31/2012
        Role: Principle Investigator
 
4)     PI: Travis C. Jackson, PhD
        Agency: American Heart Association (11POST7320018)                                   
        Title: PHLPP1, A Novel Drug Target to Limit Neuronal Death
        Performance Period: 07/01/2011 – 07/01/2013
        Total Award: $88,000.00
         Role: Principle Investigator
 
 
 
 
 
 
Intellectual Property Development
 
[1].       Jackson, T.C., Mi, Z., and Jackson, E.K.: Peroxisome-proliferator activated receptor-alpha agonists for organ preservation (2006). U.S. Patent and Trademark Office publication #7897326.
 
[2].       Jackson, T.C., Verrier, J.D., Kochanek, P.M. Small Molecule Inhibitors of RNA Binding Motif (RBM) Proteins for the Treatment of Acute Cellular Injury. (PCT Filed by the Office of Technology and Management of University of Pittsburgh on May 14). Application No. PCT/US2013/040995.