Laura E. Jackson, MD, FAAP

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Administrative Assistant: Barbara Domagala

Dr. Laura Jackson’s Neonatology fellowship work was focused primarily on basic science research; she investigated the impact of alterations in metabolic pathways (specifically the complex interplay between glycolysis and the TCA cycle) on the development of the most common liver cancer in the neonatal population, hepatoblastoma.  Dr. Jackson won many awards for this research, including the David G. Nathan Award in Basic Science Research through the Society for Pediatric Research at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.  However, since becoming a faculty member, Dr. Jackson has shifted her focus to more clinical endeavors within the Division of Newborn Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).  She currently serves as the Associate Director for the Neonatal Division of the UPMC Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center.  Together with a multidisciplinary team, Dr. Jackson works to create a comprehensive fetal and newborn plan of care for babies who have been diagnosed with complex medical issues prenatally.  Through this position, Dr. Jackson provides counseling throughout pregnancy for families regarding their infant’s diagnosis and works together with the multidisciplinary group and the individual family to form a care plan for each infant.  Dr. Jackson also has a keen interest in both fetal and neonatal Palliative Care and serves as the Division’s Director of Bereavement.  Dr. Jackson serves as a mentor for both the Pediatric Residency Bridges Mentoring Program at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Neonatology Fellowship Mentoring Program for the UPMC Division of Newborn Medicine.  She is involved in many clinical committees, both nationally through the Children’s Hospital Neonatal Consortium (CHNC) and locally within the UPMC Division of Newborn Medicine to improve the clinical care of neonates.  Dr. Jackson is also actively involved in many additional educational activities within the division, including acting as Chair of the UPMC Division of Newborn Medicine monthly Interesting Case Conference, and she also serves as a trainer and instructor for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. 

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow, 2011-Present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees, 2011-2017
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine (SONPM), 2016-Present

Education & Training

  • BA, Biology, Franklin and Marshall College, 2007
  • MD, Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, 2011
  • Pediatric Residency, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, 2011-2014
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2014-2017

Selected Publications

Evans LE, Ardia DR, Flux JEC. Breeding synchrony through social stimulation in a spatially-segregated population of European starlings. Animal Behaviour. 2009;78(3):671-5.

Evans LE, Weisman CS. Folic acid supplementation in younger and older women of reproductive age: findings from the Central Pennsylvania Women’s Health Study (CePAWHS).  Women’s Health Issues. 2010 Jan-Feb;20(1):50-7. PMID: 20123175.

Niehaus JZ, Good M, Jackson LE, Ozolek JA, Silverman GA, Luke CJ. Human SERPINB12 is an abundant intracellular serpin expressed in most surface and glandular epithelia. J Histochem Cytochem. 2015 Nov;63(11):854-65. Epub 2015 Jul 28. PMID: 26220980. [COVER ILLUSTRATION]

Wang H, Lu J, Edmunds LR, Kulkarni S, Dolezal J, Tao J, Ranganathan S, Jackson L, Fromherz M, Stolz DB, Uppala R, Rharathi S, Monga SP, Goetzman ES, Prochownik EV. Coordinated activities of multiple Myc-dependent and Myc-independent biosynthetic pathways in hepatoblastoma. J Biol Chem. 2016 Dec;291(51):26241-26251. Epub 2016 13 Oct. PMID: 27738108.

Dolezal JM, Wang H, Kulkarni S, Jackson L, Lu J, Ranganathan S, Goetzman ES, Bharathi S, Beezhold K, Byersdorfer CA, Prochownik EV. Sequential adaptive changes in a c-Myc-driven model of hepatocellular carcinoma. J Biol Chem. 2017 June;292(24):10068-10086. Epub 2017 21 April. PMID: 28432125.

Kulkarni S, Dolezal JM, Wang H, Jackson L, Lu J, Frodey BP, Dosunmu-Ogunbi A, Li Y, Fromherz M, Kang A, Santana-Santos L, Benos PV, Prochownik EV. Ribosomopathy-like properties of murine and human cancers. PLoS One. 2017 Aug18;12(8): e0182705. PMID: 28820908.

Jackson LE, Kulkarni S, Wang H, Lu J, Dolezal M, Bharathi SS, Ranganathan S, Patel MS, Deshpande R, Alencastro F, Wendell SG, Goetzman ES, Duncan AW, Prochownik EV. Genetic dissociation of glycolysis and the TCA cycle affects neither normal nor neoplastic proliferation. Cancer Res. 2017 Nov1:77(21):5795-5807. Epub 2017 7 Sept. PMID: 28883002.

Wang H, Dolezal JM, Kulkarni S, Lu J, Mandel J, Jackson LE, Alencastro F, Duncan AW, Prochownik EV. Myc and ChREBP transcription factors cooperatively regulate normal and neoplastic hepatocyte proliferation in mice. J Biol Chem. 2018 Sep21:293(38):14740-14757. Epub 2018 7 Aug. PMID: 30087120.

Research Grants

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Office of Faculty Development Education Innovation Grant, Difficult Conversations in the NICU and Beyond, Collaborator, No salary support, 2020-Present, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Office of Faculty Development, $1,500, PI: Dr. Karena Lawrence, M.D. 

Magee-Womens Hospital Medical Staff Grant, Development of the Center for Perinatal Decision-Making, Collaborator, No salary support, 2020-Present, Magee-Womens Hospital Medical Staff Fund, $34,000, PI: Dr. Christine Bishop, M.D. and Dr. Katherine P. Himes, M.D.