Dr. Bruce Jackson was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Jackson received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Houston; his Master of Science Degree in Genetics from the University of California, Davis and his Doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He did his post-doctoral training at Boston University School of Medicine and was appointed to the faculty there in 1993. Also in 1993 Dr. Jackson also received an appointment as Head of the Biotechnology Programs at Massachusetts Bay Community College. In the ensuing seven years, the Biotechnology Program under Dr. Jackson has become the preeminent undergraduate science program in the nation. Some of Dr. Jackson’s achievements with respect to the Biotechnology Program at Mass Bay are:
- The National Science Foundation Biotechnology Program uses the Biotechnology Program at Mass Bay as its model undergraduate science program.
- Through the Biotechnology program at Mass Bay Dr. Jackson created the first and only forensic DNA degree program in the world.
- The Barry M. Goldwater Congressional Scholarship is the highest science award in the United States. The Biotechnology Program at Mass Bay has produced nine Goldwater scholars in the past five years which exceeds the number produced by all community colleges combined nationally and, more than virtually all but a handful of elite four-year colleges.
- Graduates of Dr. Jackson’s Biotechnology Program are the most highly sought after in the nation by four-year colleges and industry. The program enjoys a 100% hiring rate.
At the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Dr. Jackson’s research team investigates the regulation of genes that are linked to the onset of prostate cancer. He is also co-founder of the Prostate Cancer Alliance, a national team of African-American scientists that are searching for a cure for prostate cancer. Dr. Jackson is also a member of:
- The Advisory Board of the Director of the National Science Foundation
- The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Committee
- The American Society for Cell Biology
Dr. Jackson is a member of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Roxbury and has a number of social outreach programs he has created through his church. Most notably is the Diving Budies Program that is funded by a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. The Diving Buddies Program is a unique mentoring program that matches at-risk boys and girls of Boston with minority professionals through the sport of SCUBA diving. Dr. Jackson is an avid SCUBA diver and SCUBA instructor.
Dr. Jackson has lived in Wayland, MA for 18 years. He has two children, Corey Alexander Jackson and Leah Alexandra Jackson.