Monica Mary Jablonski, Ph.D.

Title: Professor & Associate Dean
Company: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Location: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Monica Mary Jablonski, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the pharmaceutical and higher education industries.

With a career spanning more than two decades, Dr. Jablonski is a pioneer in the field of visual impairments, having been continuously recognized for her contributions to science education and research. Specializing in glaucoma and macular degeneration, she is dedicated to finding unique therapies to preserve vision and developing delivery systems for drug treatments. Since the inception of her career, she has served the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in multiple capacities, such as professor in the department of pharmaceutical sciences since 2015, associate dean of postdoctoral affairs in the College of Graduate Health Sciences since 2013, professor in the department of anatomy and neurobiology since 2012, and professor in the department of ophthalmology since 2011. Prior to these illustrious roles, she acted as an associate professor and assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, having previously assumed the roles of assistant professor in the department of ophthalmology and visual science at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and research instructor at the Cullen Eye Institute with the Baylor College of Medicine beginning in 1994.

To prepare for her career, Dr. Jablonski pursued formal education at Mount Mary University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in 1986. She subsequently attended the Medical College of Wisconsin, earning a Doctor of Philosophy in physiology in 1990. Soon thereafter, she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in retinal cell biology at the Cullen Eye Institute with the Baylor College of Medicine from 1990 to 1994. She has been a diplomate of the New England Biolabs Molecular Biology and PCR Course at Smith College since 1999.

Throughout her career, Dr. Jablonski has dedicated her time and expertise to countless publications, having been a contributor of 80 book chapters and 88 abstracts. She has also been a scientific reviewer for numerous journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Science since 2017, Biomaterials since 2016, Molecules since 2016, PLOS ONE since 2014, Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs since 2014, Annals of Anatomy since 2009, Molecular Vision since 2000, the Journal of Neuroscience Research since 2000, Glia since 2000, and the Journal of Molecular Neuroscience since 2000, among others. She was also a guest editorial board member of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science in 2002.

In an effort to remain aware of recent developments within the industry, Dr. Jablonski has maintained affiliation with several organizations. Such organizations include the International Complex Trait Consortium since 2017, the Center for Integrative and Translational Genomics since 2009, the downtown Memphis chapter of Lions Club International since 2001, the Center of Excellence of Genomics and Bioinformatics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center since 2001, and the Tennessee Mouse Genome Consortium since 1999. Likewise, she has been a member of the International Society of Eye Research since 1992, the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1992, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology since 1987, having formerly served as a moderator of various ARVO meetings at the turn of the century.

In recognition of her exceptional contributions to the pharmaceutical and health care industries, Dr. Jablonski has accrued several accolades throughout her career. The recipient of the Inaugural Innovation Incubator from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2017, she was selected to participate in the Inaugural Memphis Technology Transfer Accelerator (C3) Program at the Memphis Research Consortium and Emerge Memphis in 2012. In addition, she was the recipient of the Top Research Presentation Award and the Postdoctoral Research Trainee Distinguished Mentor Award from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Furthermore, she was a featured listee in Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs in 2009 and 2010, an inductee into the Inaugural Class of ARVO Fellows in 2009, and an honoree on the journal cover of the 2004 edition of Genomics. TriBeta honored her with the Frank G. Brooks Award for Excellence in Student Research in 1986 and Mount Mary University presented her with the Anthony S. Woo Chemistry Achievement Award in 1985, among other prestigious accolades.

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