Dr. Cherry is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies with a BS in biology at Ursinus College in 2008. He earned his doctoral degree in Pathology from the University of Rochester in 2015. Dr. Cherry joined the McKee laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher the same year. He was appointed as an assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine in 2019. Dr. Cherry also holds a research health scientist position within the VA Boston Healthcare System. His laboratory space is located at the Jamaica Plain VA hospital where he performs his research and helps support the VA-BU-CLF brain bank.
Dr. Cherry’s research interests focus on understanding how neuroinflammation after repetitive traumatic brain injury contributes to CTE pathogenesis. Specifically, Dr. Cherry seeks to identify what role microglia and inflammatory cytokines play in the early onset of hyperphosphorylated tau accumulation and spread.
Dr. Cherry’s research also extend to histology analysis. He is the director of the digital pathology hub present within the BU CTE center. This research entails exploring novel ways to analyze human postmortem tissue for neuropathologic targets and better characterize pathology across a spectrum of neurodegenerative disease including Alzheimer’s disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, frontotemporal lobar degeneration, motor neuron diseases, and others.
- Assistant Professor, Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
- University of Rochester, PhD
- Ursinus College, BS
- Published on 10/9/2021
Kaufman SK, Svirsky S, Cherry JD, McKee AC, Diamond MI. Tau seeding in chronic traumatic encephalopathy parallels disease severity. Acta Neuropathol. 2021 12; 142(6):951-960. PMID: 34626223.
- Published on 8/17/2021
Cherry JD, Agus F, Dixon E, Huber B, Alvarez VE, Mez J, McKee AC, Labadorf A, Stein TD. Differential gene expression in the cortical sulcus compared to the gyral crest within the early stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Free Neuropathol. 2021; 2. PMID: 34485990.
- Published on 5/26/2021
Anderson EN, Morera AA, Kour S, Cherry JD, Ramesh N, Gleixner A, Schwartz JC, Ebmeier C, Old W, Donnelly CJ, Cheng JP, Kline AE, Kofler J, Stein TD, Pandey UB. Traumatic injury compromises nucleocytoplasmic transport and leads to TDP-43 pathology. Elife. 2021 05 26; 10. PMID: 34060470.
- Published on 5/12/2021
Cherry JD, Esnault CD, Baucom ZH, Tripodis Y, Huber BR, Alvarez VE, Stein TD, Dickson DW, McKee AC. Tau isoforms are differentially expressed across the hippocampus in chronic traumatic encephalopathy and Alzheimer's disease. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2021 05 12; 9(1):86. PMID: 33980303.
- Published on 4/7/2021
Mez J, Alosco ML, Daneshvar DH, Saltiel N, Baucom Z, Abdolmohammadi B, Uretsky M, Nicks R, Martin BM, Palmisano JN, Nowinski CJ, Montenigro P, Solomon TM, Mahar I, Cherry JD, Alvarez VE, Dwyer B, Goldstein LE, Katz DI, Cantu RC, Kowall NW, Tripodis Y, Huber BR, Stein TD, Stern RA, McKee AC. Validity of the 2014 traumatic encephalopathy syndrome criteria for CTE pathology. Alzheimers Dement. 2021 10; 17(10):1709-1724. PMID: 33826224.
- Published on 12/5/2020
Cherry JD, Meng G, Daley S, Xia W, Svirsky S, Alvarez VE, Nicks R, Pothast M, Kelley H, Huber B, Tripodis Y, Alosco ML, Mez J, McKee AC, Stein TD. CCL2 is associated with microglia and macrophage recruitment in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. J Neuroinflammation. 2020 Dec 05; 17(1):370. PMID: 33278887.
- Published on 9/17/2020
Adams JW, Alosco ML, Mez J, Alvarez VE, Huber BR, Tripodis Y, Adler CH, Kubilius C, Cormier KA, Mathais R, Nicks R, Kelley HJ, Saltiel N, Uretsky M, Nair E, Aytan N, Cherry JD, Nowinski CJ, Kowall NW, Goldstein LE, Dwyer B, Katz DI, Cantu RC, Stern RA, McKee AC, Stein TD. Association of probable REM sleep behavior disorder with pathology and years of contact sports play in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Acta Neuropathol. 2020 12; 140(6):851-862. PMID: 32939646.
- Published on 8/11/2020
Alosco ML, Cherry JD, Huber BR, Tripodis Y, Baucom Z, Kowall NW, Saltiel N, Goldstein LE, Katz DI, Dwyer B, Daneshvar DH, Palmisano JN, Martin B, Cantu RC, Stern RA, Alvarez VE, Mez J, Stein TD, McKee AC. Characterizing tau deposition in chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE): utility of the McKee CTE staging scheme. Acta Neuropathol. 2020 10; 140(4):495-512. PMID: 32778942.
- Published on 8/4/2020
Spencer KR, Foster ZW, Rauf NA, Guilderson L, Collins D, Averill JG, Walker SE, Robey I, Cherry JD, Alvarez VE, Huber BR, McKee AC, Kowall NW, Brady CB, Stein TD. Neuropathological profile of long-duration amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in military Veterans. Brain Pathol. 2020 11; 30(6):1028-1040. PMID: 32633852.
- Published on 7/16/2020
Cherry JD, Babcock KJ, Goldstein LE. Repetitive Head Trauma Induces Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy by Multiple Mechanisms. Semin Neurol. 2020 08; 40(4):430-438. PMID: 32674181.
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