Jamie A. Johansen, Ph.D.

College of Medicine

Specialty: Neuroscience, Endocrinology

1280 S. East Campus Drive, CMED 2419
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-1502
Fax: 989-774-1215

Jamie Johansen is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in the Foundation Sciences Discipline.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Zoology at Michigan State University.  Jamie received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience also from Michigan State University, where she characterized a novel mouse model of Spinal Bulbar Muscular Atrophy (Kennedy’s Disease) in Cynthia Jordan’s and Marc Breedlove’s laboratory.  Jamie demonstrated that skeletal muscles have a critical role in this neurodegenerative disease.   She furthered her research interests in Kennedy’s Disease with a postdoctoral fellowship with Al La Spada at the University of Washington, and subsequent move to University of California San Diego.  Jamie broadened her research interests with a second postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan with William Dauer, studying genetic mouse models of Parkinson’s Disease.  Jamie was also part-time faculty at Eastern Michigan University, where she designed and implemented an introductory neuroscience course for EMU undergraduate students.

The Johansen laboratory has two main research goals.  1) Identify therapeutic targets in skeletal muscles of Kennedy’s Disease mice.  Using multiple disease models, her lab explores common mechanisms between models that may offer an opportunity for the development of a therapeutic.  2) Determine the function of leucine rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2), the most common hereditary cause of Parkinson’s Disease.  Using mouse models expressing or lacking the LRRK2 gene, we are examining the normal and mutant functions of LRRK2 proteins.

Education & Fellowships:
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowships
    • University of Michigan 
      Medical School
      Neurology Department 
      Ann Arbor, MI 
    • University of California San Diego 
      School of Medicine
      Department of Pediatrics
      San Diego, CA
    • University of Washington
      School of Medicine
      Department of Laboratory Medicine
      Seattle, WA
  • Doctorate
    • Michigan State University 
      Ph.D. Neuroscience, 2008
      East Lansing, MI
  • Undergraduate
    • Michigan State University 
      B.S. Zoology, 2000
      Concentration in Neurobiology  & Animal Behavior
      East Lansing, MI
Specialty Interests:
Neurodegeneration, neuroendocrinology, motor neuron diseases, Parkinson's disease, androgens, androgen receptors, polyglutamine disease

Awards & Honors:
  • Kennedy’s Disease Association Research Grant, 2012
  • Neurology Training Grant, 2010-2011
    • University of Michigan
  • Genetic Approaches to Aging Training Grant, 2009
    • University of Washington
  • NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2008
    • Michigan State University 
  • Neuroscience Program Training Grant, 2005-2006
    • Michigan State University
  • Certificate of Completion, 2011
    • Postdoctoral Short-Course on College Science Teaching
  • Young Investigator Award, 2009
    • Gordon Research Conference on CAG Triplet Repeat diseases
  • Kennedy's Disease Association Travel Award, 2009
    • Gordon Research Conference on CAG Triplet Repeat diseases
  • Society for Neuroscience Graduate Student Travel Award, 2008
  • Michigan State University Neuroscience Program Research Excellence Award, 2008
  • Next Generation Award Nominee, 2007 & 2008
    • MI Chapter Society for Neuroscience
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Travel Award, 2008
  • Young Investigator Award, 2007
    • Gordon Research Conference on CAG Triplet Repeat diseases
  • SfN Chapters Graduate Student Travel Award, 2006
  • Duncan McCarthy Award, 2006
    • MI Chapter Society for Neuroscience
  • MSU Neuroscience Scholarship for New England Biolabs Molecular Biology Workshop, 2004
  • MSU Graduate School Research Enhancement Award, 2004
  • MSU Graduate School Incentive Fellowship Award, 2003
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
Specialty in Diseases and Conditions:
Kennedy’s Disease (Spinal Bulbar Muscular Atrophy), Parkinson’s Disease, Androgen Insensitivity 

Languages Spoken:
  • English