Kenan Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology & Physiology
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
• BS, University of Wisconsin, 1964
• MS, University of Wisconsin, 1966
• PhD, SUNY at Buffalo, 1972
• Postdoc, Roswell Park Memorial Institute, 1972-1973
Dr Jacobson has made key contributions to the understanding of how the cell membrane is organized. He was one of the earliest developers of the FRAP technique to measure lateral mobility in membranes and digitized fluorescence microscopy and its application to cell biology.
Dr Jacobson and his group at UNC have developed novel tools and methods to study the physical principles of how cells migrate, using simple-shaped cells as a model. Working with theoreticians, their goal is to approach a major challenge for cell biology: how to integrate myriad molecular pieces into a global understanding of motile phenomena.
Dr Jacobson is currently interested in membrane nanodomains of the C-type lectins on dendritic cells and how they function as receptors for pathogens ranging from small viruses, specifically Dengue, to yeast to initiate the innate immune response.
For the past 20 years, Dr Jacobson has also been interested in renewable energy and has been involved in a joint effort with the Research Triangle Institute, the UNC Center for Global Health and North Carolina State University to develop a small solar powered vaccine cooler based on semiconductor thermoelectric principles to significantly reduce vaccine wastage where refrigeration is unavailable.
In the role of Faculty Member, Ken Jacobson contributes recommendations and reviews to the Cell Signaling Section in the Cell Biology Faculty, writing brief accessible comments to summarize the value of the articles and adding rating score.
The Faculty comprises Heads of Faculty, Heads of Section, Faculty Members and Associate Faculty Members, as well as an International Advisory Board.
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