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James W. Jacobberger, PhD

James W. Jacobberger, PhD

Professor, General Medical Sciences (Oncology) 216.368.4645 (o) 216.368.8919 (f)

Director, Cytometry & Imaging Microscopy Core Facility
Member, Cancer Imaging Program

James W. Jacobberger, PhD, has worked at Case Western Reserve University as a professor, a liaison, an associate director, and a director since 1985. In 1985, he started as an assistant professor at CWRU and became an associate professor in 1993 and a professor in General Medical Sciences in 2001. Also in 1985, Dr. Jacobberger started as the director of the Flow Cytometry Core and director of CWRU’s Cancer Center Flow Cytometry Core in 1986. Between 2002 and 2005, he was the Core Facility Liaison to the Cancer Center Director. In 2006, Dr. Jacobberger started as the Associate Director for Shared Resources at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2011, he became the Co-Director of the Immune Function Core, CWRU Center for AIDS Research. In 2012, Dr. Jacobberger became Director of Cytometry & Imaging Research.

In 1977, Dr. Jacobberger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He earned his MS and PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of Rochester in 1982 and 1983, respectively. He did post-doctorate work in experimental pathology at the University of Colorado in 1984.

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general medical sciences, oncology, cytometry & imaging microscopy, immune functions, cell biology, cancer cell biology, cell cycle, cell signaling, cell differentiation, cytometry, cancer biomarkers

James W. Jacobberger, PhD is a Professor Emeritus, General Medical Sciences (Oncology), Core Director for Cytometry & Imaging Microscopy Core at Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Co-director of the CFAR Immune Function Core. His broad interests are cell and cancer cell biology with special interests in the logic of the cell cycle, cell signaling, and differentiation. Dr. Jacobberger's focused research uses a cytometry-centered approach to analyze these three processes. On the practical side, he has a long standing interest in cytometry-based cancer biomarkers and support for clinical trials. On the less practical side, Dr. Jacobberger has an interest in mathematical modeling applied to his interests. 

The Cytometry & Imaging Microscopy Core connects users to cell-based instrumentation and expertise for the purposes of cell sorting and cell-based assays. There are four modes to access these services: 1) user prepares and analyzes samples with staff present; 2) user prepares and analyzes samples independent of core staff; 3) user prepares but core staff analyze samples; 4) core staff prepare and run samples. Mode 1 is most common for research labs for cell analysis. Mode 2 is for advanced users with significant training and requires approval of the Core manager. Mode 3 is most common for cell sorting. Mode 4 is most common for clinical investigators.