Jon Cherry

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Research Health Scientist



Dr. Cherry is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and completed his undergraduate studies with a BS in biology at Ursinus College in 2008. He earned his doctoral degree in Pathology from the University of Rochester in 2015. Dr. Cherry joined the McKee laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher the same year. Currently he performs his research at the Jamaica Plain VA hospital using the VA-BU-CLF brain bank.

Research Interests

Dr. Cherry’s research interests focus on understanding how neuroinflammation after repetitive traumatic brain injury contributes to CTE pathogenesis. Specifically, Dr. Cherry seeks to identify what role reactive microglia and inflammatory cytokines play in the early onset of hyperphosphorylated tau accumulation and spread.

Select Publications

A full list of publications can be found here

  1. Cherry, J.D., Tripodis, Y., Alvarez, V.E., Huber, B., Kiernan, P.T., Daneshvar, D.H., Mez, J., Montenigro, P.H., Solomon, T.M., Alosco, M.L., et al. (2016). Microglial neuroinflammation contributes to tau accumulation in chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Acta neuropathologica communications 4, 112.


  1. Cherry, J.D., Olschowka, J.A., and O’Banion, M.K. (2015). Arginase 1+ microglia reduce Aβ plaque deposition during IL-1β-dependent neuroinflammation. Journal of Neuroinflammation 12.


  1. Cherry, J.D., Olschowka, J.A., and O’Banion, M.K. (2014). Neuroinflammation and M2 microglia: the good, the bad, and the inflamed. J Neuroinflammation 11, 98.


  1. Cherry, J.D., Liu, B., Frost, J.L., Lemere, C.A., Williams, J.P., Olschowka, J.A., and O’Banion, M.K. (2012). Galactic cosmic radiation leads to cognitive impairment and increased abeta plaque accumulation in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. PLoS One 7, e53275.

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