Jamie Dempsey Barber, PhD.

Chief Research Officer


Dr. Barber is a graduate of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program with a degree in cellular biology. Her thesis studies in the Cell Biology Department were conducted in Dr. John Blenis’s laboratory, which has contributed to delineating aberrant signaling pathways in oncogenesis. Jamie studied the mTOR signaling pathway and alternative splicing regulation, as well as characterizing additional phosphorylation events downstream of the AGC kinases. Before her graduate studies, Jamie spent two years as a post-baccalaureate fellow at the National Cancer Institute, where she studied in Dr. Jonathan Wiest’s laboratory focusing on the proto-oncogene MAP3K8. Following the completion of her Ph.D. studies, Jamie spent time as the head teaching fellow for both molecular and cellular biology courses at Harvard University, as well as instructor of “The Biology of Cancer” course at Harvard Extension School. Her expertise covers cancer-related molecular and cellular mechanisms, with particular interest in intracellular signaling pathways aberrantly activated during oncogenesis. Jamie holds a B.S. from Austin Peay State University and a Ph.D in cell biology from Harvard University.

Our Jamie brings smiles to people’s faces with her trained therapy dog, Scraps, and grows tomatoes in her backyard garden while raising her infant son.