Jane Buckner, MD

President, BRI; Director, Translational Research Program; Member

Background Information

Dr. Buckner received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College, magna cum laude. She attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and after receiving her MD, she completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Buckner went on to complete a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Washington. As a fellow she was honored with the American College of Rheumatology’s Senior Rheumatology Scholar Award. After completing her medical training, Dr. Buckner continued her research training as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Gerald Nepom. In 1999, she was the recipient of the ACR Arthritis Investigator Award. Since 1999, Dr. Buckner has been an investigator at the Benaroya Research Institute (BRI). She became the Director of the Translational Research Program at BRI in 2005, was named Associate Director of BRI in January 2012 and was appointed President of BRI in January 2016. Dr. Buckner continues to care for rheumatology patients at the Virginia Mason Medical Center, and she is an affiliate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Washington.

Area of Research

Dr. Buckner’s laboratory is focused on identifying the underlying mechanisms by which regulation of the adaptive immune response fails or is overcome in the setting of human autoimmunity. The diseases studied in Dr. Buckner’s laboratory include type 1 diabetes (T1D), multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and relapsing polychondritis. Her laboratory is currently examining the question of how autoreactive T and B cells escape regulation in these diseases and the closely related question of whether the development or function of regulatory T cells is impaired in autoimmunity. Her group uses the genetics of autoimmunity to identify pathways that contribute to the failure of tolerance in these diseases. This work is aided by the availability of human samples for research, which are collected from individuals participating in the Immune Mediated Disease Registry and Repository managed by the Translational Research Program at BRI. This resource provides samples from subjects who are well characterized in terms of clinical characteristics for cellular, biochemical and genetic analysis.

Dr. Buckner's CV

Buckner Laboratory

Translational Research Program