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Klarissa Jackson

Klarissa Jackson 

Dept of Pharmaceutical Science

Assistant Professor


Jackson received her bachelor of science (B.S.) in Chemistry from Jackson State University in 2006 and her doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University in 2011. Her graduate research was conducted under the mentorship of Jason Morrow and L. Jackson Roberts in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology. Her work focused on the formation and metabolism of chemically reactive lipid mediators under settings of oxidative stress. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy under the direction of Sidney Nelson and Allan Rettie in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. Her postdoctoral research focused on the metabolism and hepatotoxicity of the anti-cancer tyrosine kinase inhibitor lapatinib.

Jackson joined the faculty of Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University. Jackson conducts research in drug metabolism and toxicology, and she teaches in the Advanced Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Integrated Biomedical Sciences Laboratory courses in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Lipscomb University. Her current research focuses on investigating the role of drug metabolism in drug-induced toxicities to better understand the mechanisms and risk factors of adverse drug reactions. Her research has been supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She mentors students through the Pharmaceutical Sciences Training Program at Lipscomb, and she is a faculty member on the Vanderbilt Pharmacological Sciences T32 Training Grant.