Assistant Professor, Biochemistry


(989) 774-6453

Research Lab 120
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859


Jesse Bakke is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry within the Foundational Sciences Department of the CMU College of Medicine. He got his bachelor’s degree at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and his doctorate degree in Nutritional Biology with a designated emphasis in Biotechnology at the University of California Davis. He also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Dr. Bakke’s lab primarily focuses on identifying novel genes and therapeutic targets within pancreatic cancer and mitochondria function through the use of phenotypic CRISPR/CAS and siRNA screens. His lab is focused on validating these findings using patient samples in collaboration with the regional hospitals.

In addition to his research endeavors Dr. Bakke leads large group, team-based learning, and case-based learning sessions as a content expert within the field of biochemistry, cell biology, and nutrition for the M1 and M2 medical students.


  • Fellowship: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Graduate School: Ph.D. (Nutritional Biology, Biotechnology) University of California Davis