Jason Newton, Ph.D.
Newton's research is in developing new treatments for the childhood disease Niemann-Pick Type C and other neurodegenerative lipid storage disorders.
Jason Newton, Ph.D., a biochemist and lipid biologist, joined the Department of Biology this fall. Jason received his B.S. in chemistry from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and began his Ph.D. studies in biochemistry at the VCU School of Medicine shortly after. Inspired by his experiences over 12 years as an engineer in the United States Army, Newton's doctoral research in the lab of Kevin Ward, Ph.D., focused on emergency medicine and improving critical care in a combat environment. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2013, Newton went on to complete his military service obligation, later returning to VCU to pursue his postdoctoral studies in the lab of Sarah Spiegel, Ph.D. He used this time to redirect his research interests, with his work in the Spiegel lab focused on sphingolipid biology, lysosomal storage disorders and neurodegenerative disease.
Newton's research focus will be developing new treatments for the rare but fatal childhood disease Niemann-Pick Type C and other neurodegenerative lipid storage disorders.