Jaleesa Garth, PhD

Jaleesa M. Garth, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Medical Education

Phone: (404)752-1118
E-mail: jgarth@msm.edu


Postdoctoral Fellowship: Mechanisms of Hypertension & Cardiovascular Disease


University of Alabama at Birmingham
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology


Northwestern State University
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology

Research Interests

My research interests include better understanding the innate immune response and the role it plays during pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic, and hypertension. My focus specifically involves the mechanisms of action of the IL-1 cytokine family and the production of IL-22 via Prostaglandin E2 during these diseases. Additionally, away from the bench, I am interested in understanding and improving the STEM-Medicine pathway in order to increase the number of underrepresented individuals with terminal degrees and ultimately diversifying the workforce.


Mackel, J. J., Garth, J. M., Jones, M., Ellis, D. A., Blackburn, J. P., Yu, Z., Matalon, S., Curtiss, M., Lund, F. E., Hastie, A. T., Meyers, D. A., & Steele, C. (2021). Chitinase 3-like-1 protects airway function despite promoting type 2 inflammation during fungal-associated allergic airway inflammation. American journal of physiology. Lung cellular and molecular physiology, 10.1152/ajplung.00528.2020.


Easter M, Garth J, Harris ES, Shei RJ, Helton ES, Wei Y, Denson R, Zaharias R, Rowe SM, Geraghty P, Faul C, Barnes JW, Krick S. (2020). Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 4 Deficiency Mediates Airway Inflammation in the Adult Healthy Lung? Frontiers in Medicine. 7, 317.


Mackel, JJ, Garth, JM, Reeder, KM, Blackburn JP, Jones M, and Steele C. (2020). 12/15-Lipoxygenase Deficiency Impairs Neutrophil Granulopoiesis and Lung Proinflammatory Responses to Aspergillus fumigatus. Journal of Immunology, 204(7):1849-1858.


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