Meet UNMC New Investigator Jered Garrison, Ph.D.

April 01, 2011

UNMC researcher Jered Garrison, Ph.D., answers questions about his work, life and interests.

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Jered Garrison, Ph.D.
NOTE: This profile is part of a series highlighting the 24 researchers who will be honored at a May 2 ceremony for UNMC's 2010 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator award recipients.

  • Name: Jered Garrison, Ph.D.
  • Title: Assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences
  • Joined UNMC: October 2009
  • Hometown: Marion, Ohio

Describe your research in laymen's terms.

Our research focuses on the development of diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals for cancer, specifically prostate and pancreatic cancer. Radiopharmaceuticals are drugs that include a radionuclide that emits small amounts of radiation that can be used to detect or treat diseases such as cancer.

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?

There is a significant clinical need for effective diagnostic and therapeutic agents for both prostate and pancreatic cancer.

Name someone at UNMC who provides vital contributions to your success and briefly describe how they help you.

A lot of individuals have and continue to help me. I have been fortunate since coming here to have benefited by a lot of great mentorship from Drs. Surinder Batra, Alexander Kabanov and Dennis Robinson. Of course, the students and research personnel in my laboratory are absolutely vital to my research and my success thus far. Fortunately for me, I have a group of very intelligent and driven researchers who perform the research in my laboratory.

List three things few people know about you.

  • I read a lot -- mostly classical literature, biographies and science fiction/fantasy.
  • I love to play racquetball (though I haven't been able to find a partner yet at UNMC).
  • My wife and I are both animal lovers. We have two dogs and two cats at home.

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