Associate Division Chief for Research – Dr. Jason Knight

Jason Knight, MD, PhD
Jason Knight, MD, PhD

The Division of Rheumatology is pleased to announce that Jason Knight, MD, PhD was named Associate Division Chief for Research, effective June 1, 2023. In this role, Dr. Knight will assist the Division Chief in continuing to develop a forward-looking vision for the division’s training and research. Dr. Knight will also continue to serve as Director of the T32 Training Program , where he supports junior faculty members, post-docs, and fellows wishing to pursue basic, translational, and clinical research. Through these various roles, Dr. Knight will ensure robust mentorship for learners of all levels; a growing, inclusive, and vibrant research enterprise; and a culture of scholarship and inquiry for the division and beyond.

Dr. Knight is the Marvin and Betty Danto Research Professor of Connective Tissue Research and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Michigan Medicine. He received his MD and PhD from the University of Michigan, where he also completed his internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship.

Dr. Knight is co-lead of the Antiphospholipid Syndrome Research Labs, which are exploring the role of neutrophils, platelets, and endothelial cells in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and lupus. The goal of the APS Research Labs is to advance the understanding of the disease process and identify new, sophisticated approaches to the treatment of APS and lupus that are both personalized and proactive. The labs are funded by the NIH and have also received financial support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Department of Defense, the Rheumatology Research Foundation, the Arthritis National Research Foundation, and the Lupus Research Alliance.

Dr. Knight has published over 110 articles which have been cited more than 11,000 times. His publications have appeared in many esteemed journals including The British Medical Journal, Science Translational Medicine, The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, and Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Dr. Knight has received numerous awards and recognition for his cutting-edge research including the Michigan Medicine Department of Internal Medicine Jerome W. Conn Award for Excellence in Research, the Rheumatology Research Foundation Edmund L. Dubois Award, and the Lupus Foundation of America Mary Betty Stevens Young Investigator Prize. In 2022, Dr. Knight was also elected to the prestigious American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Outside of work, Dr. Knight enjoys spending time with Sparky the beagle. If you want to learn more about the APS Research Labs - and some of Sparky’s hijinks - sign up to receive the APS Program Update.