Jabril Johnson, Ph.D.

Jabril Johnson, Ph.D. 


Microbiology, Biochemistry & Immunology

Group 6 Administrative Services Team
Phone: (404)755-8829
E-mail: Jabjohnson@msm.edu


City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center - Duarte, CA
Post-Doctoral Fellowship: 
Prostate Cancer Disparities Population Sciences

National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute - Bethesda, MD
Post Doctoral Fellowship: Mammary Stem Cell Biology

Howard University - Washington, DC
Degree: Ph.D. Human Genetics


University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology (Summa Cum Laude)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Johnson's training and expertise encompasses cancer stem cell biology during mammary carcinogenesis and vitamin D impact on pathway signaling during prostate cancer development.

Dr. Johnson's research focuses on vitamin D immunomodulatory effects, immune signaling in the prostate microenvironment, and biomarkers in men at risk for or diagnosed with prostate cancer.


  • Johnson, J.R. et al (2022). 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D-mediated suppression of genes associated with cell cycle regulation and actin organization in a non-malignant African American prostate cell line. BMC Genetics (In Preparation)
  • Johnson, J.R., Kittles, R.A (2021). Genetic ancestry and racial differences in prostate tumours. Nat Rev Urol (). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41585-021-00544-3
  • Johnson JR, Woods-Burnham L, Hooker SE Jr, Batai K and Kittles RA (2021) Genetic Contributions to Prostate Cancer Disparities in Men of West African Descent. Front. Oncol. 11:770500. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2021.770500
  • Burnham-Woods, L, Johnson J et al (2021) “The Role of Diverse Populations in US Clinical Trials” Med Cell Press
  • Johnson J, Boulanger C.A and Smith G.H (2020) “Second Conservation of Mitochondrial (mt) DNA during Expansion of Clonal Mammary Epithelial Populations Suggests a Common mtDNA template in CzechII mice, Oncotarget. 10.18632/oncotarget.27429
  • Johnson J, Boulanger C.A et al: (2019) “Microarray and pathway analysis of two COMMA-Db derived clones reveal important differences relevant to their developmental capacity In-vivo. Oncotarget 10:2118-2135 https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.26655
  • Johnson, J. and Jackson, F. (2015) Use of Multiple Intelligence Modalities to Convey Genetic and Genomic Concepts in African American College Biology Students. Natural Science, 7, 299-308. doi:10.4236/ns.2015.76033

Honors and Awards

  • 2021: Certificate of Recognition from City of Pasadena (21st Annual Southern California Women’s Health Beauty Empowerment Expo and Man Cave)
  • 2021: Featured in the Atlanta Inquirer regarding NAACP COVID-19 panel discussion w/ Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett; Money Talks #1 Urban Magazine for community outreach, and the Final Call Newspaper for quotes regarding COVID 19 impact on underrepresented populations
  • 2020: Certificate of Recognition from City of Pasadena (20th Annual Southern California Women’s Health Beauty Empowerment Expo and Man Cave)
  •  2020: Leadership in Interferon Science (Your Immunity Project) 
  •  2019: Present American Society of Human Genetics Member
  •  2019: American Cancer Society Award (NESS Poster Presentation)
  •  2019: Vertex Postdoctoral Award (NESS Poster Presentation)
  • 2016 - 2019: NCI Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellowship
  • 2013: Outstanding Community Service/Mentoring Award
  • 2013 - Present: Beta Kappa Chi STEM Honor Society
  • 2007- Present: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • 2007- Present: International Golden Key Honor Society