Jason Randall Rock, PhD

Associate Professor, Medicine

Jason Rock
617.358.0798
670 Albany Street

Biography

Jason Rock, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. The Rock Lab int he Center for Regenerative Medicine studies how the many different cell types of our lungs are generated during development and how they respond to normal wear and tear, acute injury and disease. The underlying hypothesis is that aberrant (stem) cell behaviors explain many features of lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, asthma, and pulmonary fibrosis. We use in vivo and in vitro models to identify and test the progenitor capacity of putative stem cell populations and the molecular mechanisms and environmental influences (i.e., niches) that regulate their proliferation and differentiation. Our ultimate goal is to identify genetic, molecular and cellular therapies for the treatment of lung disease.

Other Positions

  • Faculty, National Emerging Infectious Disease Lab, Boston University
  • Member, Pulmonary Center, Boston University
  • Member, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Boston University
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Member, Genome Science Institute, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Education

  • University of Florida College of Medicine, PhD
  • Florida State University - Tallahassee, BS

Classes Taught

  • GMSMM725

Publications

  • Published on 12/29/2020

    Engler AE, Ysasi AB, Pihl RMF, Villacorta-Martin C, Heston HM, Richardson HMK, Thapa BR, Moniz NR, Belkina AC, Mazzilli SA, Rock JR. Airway-Associated Macrophages in Homeostasis and Repair. Cell Rep. 2020 Dec 29; 33(13):108553. PMID: 33378665.

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  • Published on 12/22/2020

    Yeung AK, Villacorta-Martin C, Hon S, Rock JR, Murphy GJ. Lung megakaryocytes display distinct transcriptional and phenotypic properties. Blood Adv. 2020 12 22; 4(24):6204-6217. PMID: 33351116.

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  • Published on 4/2/2020

    Basil MC, Katzen J, Engler AE, Guo M, Herriges MJ, Kathiriya JJ, Windmueller R, Ysasi AB, Zacharias WJ, Chapman HA, Kotton DN, Rock JR, Snoeck HW, Vunjak-Novakovic G, Whitsett JA, Morrisey EE. The Cellular and Physiological Basis for Lung Repair and Regeneration: Past, Present, and Future. Cell Stem Cell. 2020 04 02; 26(4):482-502. PMID: 32243808.

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  • Published on 10/1/2019

    Engler AE, Mostoslavsky G, Miller L, Rock JR. Isolation, Maintenance and Differentiation of Primary Tracheal Basal Cells from Adult Rhesus Macaque. Methods Protoc. 2019 Oct 01; 2(4). PMID: 31581513.

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  • Published on 5/2/2019

    Henriques T, Agostinelli E, Hernandez-Clavijo A, Maurya DK, Rock JR, Harfe BD, Menini A, Pifferi S. TMEM16A calcium-activated chloride currents in supporting cells of the mouse olfactory epithelium. J Gen Physiol. 2019 07 01; 151(7):954-966. PMID: 31048412.

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  • Published on 3/28/2019

    Hwang SJ, Pardo DM, Zheng H, Bayguinov Y, Blair PJ, Fortune-Grant R, Cook RS, Hennig GW, Shonnard MC, Grainger N, Peri LE, Verma SD, Rock J, Sanders KM, Ward SM. Differential sensitivity of gastric and small intestinal muscles to inducible knockdown of anoctamin 1 and the effects on gastrointestinal motility. J Physiol. 2019 05; 597(9):2337-2360. PMID: 30843201.

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  • Published on 3/12/2019

    Zawieja SD, Castorena JA, Gui P, Li M, Bulley SA, Jaggar JH, Rock JR, Davis MJ. Ano1 mediates pressure-sensitive contraction frequency changes in mouse lymphatic collecting vessels. J Gen Physiol. 2019 04 01; 151(4):532-554. PMID: 30862712.

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  • Published on 5/23/2018

    Nguyen QH, Pervolarakis N, Blake K, Ma D, Davis RT, James N, Phung AT, Willey E, Kumar R, Jabart E, Driver I, Rock J, Goga A, Khan SA, Lawson DA, Werb Z, Kessenbrock K. Profiling human breast epithelial cells using single cell RNA sequencing identifies cell diversity. Nat Commun. 2018 05 23; 9(1):2028. PMID: 29795293.

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  • Published on 3/23/2018

    Sung TS, Hwang SJ, Koh SD, Bayguinov Y, Peri LE, Blair PJ, Webb TI, Pardo DM, Rock JR, Sanders KM, Ward SM. The cells and conductance mediating cholinergic neurotransmission in the murine proximal stomach. J Physiol. 2018 05 01; 596(9):1549-1574. PMID: 29430647.

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  • Published on 12/7/2017

    Haller S, Kapuria S, Riley RR, O'Leary MN, Schreiber KH, Andersen JK, Melov S, Que J, Rando TA, Rock J, Kennedy BK, Rodgers JT, Jasper H. mTORC1 Activation during Repeated Regeneration Impairs Somatic Stem Cell Maintenance. Cell Stem Cell. 2017 Dec 07; 21(6):806-818.e5. PMID: 29220665.

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