Jenna L. Jewell, Ph.D.
Jenna L. Jewell, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Titles & Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biology

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Grant Information

Grant ID: RR150032
Grant Mechanism: 
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Recruited From: 
University of California, San Diego
Date Awarded: 
February 18, 2015
Grant Amount: 

Jenna Jewell received her Ph.D. in 2010 from Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN. Her graduate work in Dr. Debbie Thurmond's lab focused on understanding how SNARE proteins modulate glucose-stimulated insulin secretion from pancreatic β-cells and peripheral tissue glucose uptake, and how defects in these processes can result in diabetes.

Jenna completed her postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Kun-Liang Guan at the University of California San Diego, La Jolla CA. During this time, she was awarded fellowships from the Cancer Therapeutics Training Program and The Hartwell Foundation.

In March 2015, Jenna joined the faculty at UT Southwestern as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology. She received the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Member award. Her current work is focused on how the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) senses nutrients, such as amino acids, to control cell growth and metabolism.