Jack Harkema

Jack R. Harkema
  • Albert C. and Lois E. Dehn Chair in Veterinary Medicine, University Distinguished Professor
  • Established through a gift from Albert C. and Lois E. Dehn
  • Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation
  • Institute for Integrative Toxicology


Jack Harkema is a University Distinguished Professor in Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, and the Albert C. and Lois E. Dehn Chair in Veterinary Medicine. He also serves on the faculty for MSU’s Institute for Integrative Toxicology. Much of his recent work has focused on the development of animal models for human respiratory, cardiovascular, metabolic, and autoimmune diseases that are used to study how chronic disease may influence an individual’s susceptibility to adverse health effects of outdoor air pollutants.

He earned his BS in Biology and Chemistry from Calvin College before coming to Michigan State to pursue his MS in Physiology and his DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine. He then pursued a PhD in Comparative Pathology from University of California, Davis. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU in 1994, he worked for nearly a decade as an experimental pathologist for the Inhalation Toxicology Research Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Harkema’s research is reflected in more than 240 publications. He currently is serving a six-year term (2012-2018) as a member of the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee with the United States EPA, and also is the director of the Great Lakes Air Center for Integrated Environmental Research (GLACIER)—one of only four EPA-funded clean air research centers in the nation.