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Roger Jackson Ph.D.

I started teaching Biology here at Belmont University in August 2012.  I teach courses in introductory biology for majors and non-majors, and human anatomy and physiology.  

I am a native midwesterner from easterner lower Michigan and Northwestern Ohio.  I received my B.S. in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) in May 2000.  I moved to Nashville in August 2000, where I graduated in May 2007 with a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) as a result of my thesis work characterizing novel gene targets of the tumor suppressor, p53, identified by fluorescent differential display (FDD).  

Following completion of my Ph.D., I was a post-doctoral research fellow for 4.5 years in the Department of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Neil Bhowmick and Simon Hayward laboratories, where I studied prostatic tumor biology, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and collaborated in the development of mouse models of human cancer.  Studies in these labs focused on the role of TGF-beta signaling in the regulation of stromal-epithelial interactions and cellular differentiation in the progression of both primary prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia.   

In my spare time, my wife (Jill) and I enjoy camping, hiking, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and loving on and caring for our newly adopted daughter (Anna) and our two dogs (Dodger & Sally).