Michael P. Jankowski, PhD

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-803-7966


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Chronic pain; neurodevelopmental diseases

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Dr. Jankowski joined the faculty in the Department of Anesthesia/Division of Pain Management at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in November of 2011. Previously, he had been awarded both pre-doctoral (2006) and postdoctoral National Research Service Awards (2008) prior to becoming faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. While a member of the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh, he presented several public presentations including one seminar titled, “Interfering with the Molecular Mechanisms of Pain” at the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh’s  Annual Retreat in 2009, and another titled, ”Preparation and Delivery of siRNAs to Sensory Neurons” at the International Association for the Study of Pain’s Satellite Symposium: “Nociceptors: New Biology” in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2008.

Dr. Jankowski has also been the recent recipient of two NIH grants in 2013: one from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R03HD077483) and another from the National Institute of Arthritis, and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (R01AR064551). He also is a Rita Allen Scholar and was recently named a Cincinnati Children's Trustee Scholar. In addition, Dr. Jankowski is on the training faculty in the graduate program in neuroscience, and in the Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program. He is currently a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, and the American Pain Society. 

Education and Training

MS: Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003.

PhD: Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006.

Postdoctoral Training: University of Pittsburgh, 2006-2010.



Mechanisms of muscle afferent sensitization after ischemia. Principal Investigator. NIH/NIAMS

Mechanisms of postnatal cutaneous afferent development during inflammation. Principal Investigator. NIH/NICHD

Developmental plasticity of cutaneous sensory neurons. Principal Investigator. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center TAPS

Molecular mechanisms of musculoskeletal pain. Principal Investigator. Rita Allen Foundation Award In Pain.

Peripheral mechanisms of musculoskeletal pain after ischemic tissue injury. Principal Investigator. International Society for the Study of Pain, Early Career Grant.