Trachette Jackson

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Trachette Jackson
BornJuly 24, 1972
Monroe, Louisiana
Alma materArizona State University,
University of Washington
SpousePatrick Nelson
ChildrenTwo children
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Michigan,
University of Minnesota,
Duke University
Notable studentsKim Jae Kyoung

Trachette Levon Jackson (born July 24, 1972) is an American mathematician who is a professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan and is known for work in mathematical oncology.[1] She uses many different approaches, including continuous and discrete mathematical models, numerical simulations, and experiments to study tumor growth and treatment. Specifically, her lab is interested in "molecular pathways associated with intratumoral angiogenesis," "cell-tissue interactions associated with tumor-induced angiogenesis," and "tumor heterogeneity and cancer stem cells."[2]

Education and career[edit]

Jackson's parents were in the military and traveled frequently through her childhood; as a teenager, she lived in Mesa, Arizona. There, in a summer calculus course, her talent for mathematics brought her to the attention of Arizona State University mathematics professor Joaquín Bustoz, Jr. She went on to undergraduate studies at ASU, originally intending to study engineering, but she was steered to mathematics by Bustoz.[3] From there, her interest in pure math developed into an interest in mathematical biology when she attended a talk by her future PhD advisor, James D. Murray, on the mathematics of pattern formation and "how the leopard got its spots."[4] She graduated in 1994, and she earned her MS and PhD at the University of Washington in 1996 and 1998.[5][6] After postdoctoral research at the University of Minnesota, Environmental Protection Agency, and Duke University, she joined the University of Michigan faculty in 2000, and she was promoted to full professor in 2008.[7]

Awards and recognition[edit]

She was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship in 2003,[8] becoming the second African-American woman after Kathleen Adebola Okikiolu to become a Sloan Fellow in mathematics. She won a James S. McDonnell 21st Century Scientist Grant in 2005,[9] and won the Blackwell-Tapia Prize in 2010.[10] In 2017, she was selected as a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the inaugural class.[11] Jackson's work also earned her recognition by Mathematically Gifted & Black as a Black History Month 2017 Honoree.[12] She was named a SIAM Fellow in the 2021 class of fellows, "for innovative contributions to mathematical modeling in cancer biology and for the advancement of underrepresented minorities in science".[13] In 2021, she was awarded the University Diversity and Social Transformation Professorship at the University of Michigan,[14] in recognition of her "extraordinary commitment to increasing opportunities for girls, women, and underrepresented minority students in STEM, through her teaching and leadership."[15]


  1. ^ Seymour, Add Jr. (January 10, 2008). "Mathematics: Connecting the Dots – Trachette Jackson". Emerging Scholars: The Class of 2008. Diverse Magazine. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  2. ^ "The Jackson Cancer Modeling Group". University of Michigan Website. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  3. ^ Castillo-Chavez, Carlos (July–August 2010). "Teacher, Research Mathematician, Mentor: A Groundbreaking Career in Computational and Mathematical Biology" (PDF). Expanding our Scope. SIAM News. 43 (6).
  4. ^ Lamb, Evelyn (October 9, 2013). "Mathematics, Live: A Conversation with Victoria Booth and Trachette Jackson". Roots of Unity. Scientific American. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  5. ^ "Trachette Jackson". TheHistoryMakers. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  6. ^ Trachette Jackson at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  7. ^ Curriculum Vitae, October 25, 2021. Retrieved 2021-10-26.
  8. ^ Past Fellows, Sloan Foundation, retrieved 2019-09-09
  9. ^ "Funded Grants". James S. McDonnell Foundation. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
  10. ^ "Trachette L. Jackson: "Mathematical Models of Tumor Angiogenesis"". The Michael E. Moody Lecture Series. Harvey Mudd College. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  11. ^ "2018 Inaugural Class of AWM Fellows Program". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Trachette Jackson". Mathematically Gifted & Black.
  13. ^ "SIAM Announces Class of 2021 Fellows". SIAM News. Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. March 31, 2021. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  14. ^ "Our U-M UDSTPs | U-M LSA National Center for Institutional Diversity". Retrieved 2021-10-26.
  15. ^ "Trachette L. Jackson | U-M LSA National Center for Institutional Diversity". Retrieved 2021-10-26.

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