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Dr. Trachette Jackson

Dr. Trachette Jackson (1972 – ) is a professor and mathematician.  Jackson has focused her mathematical research in the area of cancer oncology.  She and her research team,  are exploring how mathematical modeling can be used to gain a broader understanding of cancerous tumor growth and how it is initiated.  Her research has gained international attention. Jackson received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1994 from Arizona State University and earned her masters and Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1996 and 1998.  Her Ph.D. thesis focused on mathematical models and their connection to chemotherapy treatment for cancer patients.

Jackson joined the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in the mathematics department in 2000.  In 2003, she became one of the first African American women to receive the Alfred P. Sloan Research Award in Mathematics.  In 2006, Jackson was appointed as the co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program, “SUBMERGE” (Supplying Undergraduate Biology and Mathematics Education Research Group Experiences).  SUBMERGE’s interdisciplinary approach provides opportunities for undergraduate students to explore connections between mathematics and experimental biology.  SUBMERGE is doing critical work in educating and training a diverse workforce who will be able to further connect the fields of mathematics and natural sciences.  Jackson is also the co-founder and co-director of the Mathematics Biology Research Group (MBRG), which provides lectures, conferences, and workshops for graduate students and post0doctoral researchers.

Jackson’s research related to mathematical oncology has been widely published.  She has received numerous awards, which include, the Blackwell Tapia Award, and the Arizona State Medallion of Merit Award, She is married to Patrick Nelson and has two sons.