Service to the public—through critical thinking, communication, and community building—remains at the center of Jake Maxon’s career as he pursues a neuroscience doctorate. Jake received his Sc.B. in Neuroscience from Brown University (2013) and Master of Public Health in Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota (2021).
Previously, Jake worked in broadcast journalism in Providence, Rhode Island and the University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute (SCI). At the SCI, he studied potential therapies for spinal cord injury under the mentorship of Dr. James R. Dutton, PhD and Dr. Ann M. Parr, MD, PhD. At the Minnesota State Senate, Governor’s Office, and Office of Medical Cannabis, Jake’s work helped grow funding for regenerative-medicine research and expand therapeutic options for people living with post-traumatic stress disorder. At the White House and local government in Minneapolis, Jake engaged communities whom HIV hits hardest to collaboratively build services that stop the spread of infectious disease.
With the mentorship of Dr. Megan Mahoney, PhD, Jake is currently researching how plasticizers modulate olfactory preferences and sexual behavior among mice. This work is vital because human and animal populations are ubiquitously exposed to these toxins through consumer goods, medical technology, and industrial waste.
In his free time, Jake studies operant conditioning with his German Shepherd Dog.