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Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Biography & Affiliation


Dr. Jankowski joined the faculty in the Department of Anesthesia/Division of Pain Management at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in November of 2011. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the NIH to support his research that began as early as his pre-doctoral training (2006). He also is a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar and was named a Cincinnati Children's Trustee Scholar. Dr. Jankowski is on the training faculty in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, the Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program and Medical Scientist Training Program. He is also an active contributor to the Pain Management Fellowship offered at Cincinnati Children's. He is currently a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the International Association for the Study of Pain and the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood.

Dr. Jankowski is an associate editor for the journals Pain and Molecular Pain. He is also a reviewer for over 25 other peer reviewed journals. He has served/serves on several NIH, DoD and foundation study sections and has been invited to give over 30 lectures at national and international forums. He also has trained 24 individuals in the neurosciences, many of whom have received prestigious awards and funding for their work while part of his laboratory. Dr. Jankowski also currently holds a US patent for use of growth hormone to treat pediatric pain. He is currently the associate director of Basic Science Research for the Center for Understanding Pediatric Pain (CUPP) and was recently named the Theodore W. Striker, MD Endowed Chair in Anesthesia Research.

Research Interests

Neuroscience; pain research; sensory neuron biology

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Anesthesia, Neuromuscular Development


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

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

Postdoctoral Training: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006-2010.


Selected Publication

Systemic growth hormone deficiency causes mechanical and thermal hypersensitivity during early postnatal development. Ford, ZK; Dourson, AJ; Liu, X; Lu, P; Green, KJ; Hudgins, RC; Jankowski, MP. IBRO Reports. 2019; 6:111-121.

A histone deacetylase 3-dependent pathway delimits peripheral myelin growth and functional regeneration. He, X; Zhang, L; Queme, LF; Liu, X; Lu, A; Waclaw, RR; Dong, X; Zhou, W; Kidd, G; Yoon, S; et al. Nature Medicine. 2018; 24:338-351.

Interleukin 1 beta inhibition contributes to the antinociceptive effects of voluntary exercise on ischemia/reperfusion-induced hypersensitivity. Ross, JL; Queme, LF; Lamb, JE; Green, KJ; Ford, ZK; Jankowski, MP. Pain. 2018; 159:380-392.

Sex differences and mechanisms of muscle pain. Queme, LF; Jankowski, MP. 2019; 11:1-6.

The evolution and multi-molecular properties of NF1 cutaneous neurofibromas originating from C-fiber sensory endings and terminal Schwann cells at normal sites of sensory terminations in the skin. Rice, FL; Houk, G; Wymer, JP; Gosline, SJ C; Guinney, J; Wu, J; Ratner, N; Jankowski, MP; La Rosa, S; Dockum, M; et al. PLoS ONE. 2019; 14:e0216527-e0216527.

Single-cell q-PCR derived expression profiles of identified sensory neurons. Adelman, PC; Baumbauer, KM; Friedman, R; Shah, M; Wright, M; Young, E; Jankowski, MP; Albers, KM; Koerber, HR. Molecular Pain. 2019; 15:1744806919884496-174480691988449.

Sex differences in primary muscle afferent sensitization following ischemia and reperfusion injury. Ross, JL; Queme, LF; Lamb, JE; Green, KJ; Jankowski, MP. Biology of Sex Differences. 2018; 9.

Tonic ATP-mediated growth suppression in peripheral nerve glia requires arrestin-PP2 and is evaded in NF1. Coover, RA; Healy, TE; Guo, L; Chaney, KE; Hennigan, RF; Thomson, CS; Aschbacher-Smith, LE; Jankowski, MP; Ratner, N. Acta Neuropathologica Communications. 2018; 6.

Increased Expression of Transcription Factor SRY-box-Containing Gene 11 (Sox11) Enhances Neurite Growth by Regulating Neurotrophic Factor Responsiveness. Jankowski, MP; Miller, L; Koerber, HR. Neuroscience. 2018; 382:93-104.

Peripheral Mechanisms of Ischemic Myalgia. Queme, LF; Ross, JL; Jankowski, MP. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. 2017; 11.