Research Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division
Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine

Allergy Pulmonary Faculty, /people/allergy-pulmonary-and-critical-care-faculty

Professional Bio

Jason J. Gokey, PhD, is a Research Instructor in Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Gokey earned his baccalaureate degree in biology and chemistry at State University of New York (SUNY), Potsdam, New York. He went on to earn his PhD in cellular and developmental biology at that same institution, completing his degree in 2015.  He then enrolled in a postdoctoral fellowship training program in pulmonary biology at the Cincinnati Children's Medical Center (University of Cincinnati), under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett.

Dr. Gokey's research has focused strongly on the abnormal epithelial cell signaling associated with the progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a disease associated with abnormal epithelial cell differentiation, failure to repair after injury, and poor prognosis. It is Dr. Gokey's continuing endeavor to unravel the underlying mechanisms of this disease. He has shown a consistent and passionate interest in IPF throughout his academic career and is dedicated to furthering original research in this area.
 
Dr. Gokey is affiliated with the laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Kropski at VUMC. The Kropski lab investigates the mechanisms of lung injury, repair and fibrosis with a focus on disease initiation and propagation with a goal of developing strategies for early diagnosis and novel therapeutic strategies to prevent progression of these diseases.

Education

PhD - Developmental Biology - State University of New York (SUNY) - 2015
Fellowship - Research Fellow - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center - 2020