Research/Areas of Interest: My research focused on cystic fibrosis and autosomal dominant polycystic kidney, two genetic disorders that cause liver disease in patients.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, New York University, USA, 1982
  • Master of Science, New York University, USA, 1978
  • Bachelor of Arts, New York University, USA, 1972


Dr. Douglas Jefferson received his Ph.D. from New York University for his studies in cell biology and physiology. He then did a post-doc with Dr. Lola Reid at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. There he studied hepatocyte function in vitro. After joining the faculty Tufts University School of Medicine in the mid-1980s, his laboratory focused its efforts on gene therapy and the development of in vitro model systems to study disease, including cystic fibrosis and autosomal dominant polycystic liver disease.

Dr. Jefferson has taught in different professional schools throughout his career at Tufts and joined the new Department of Medical Education in 2017. He is director/co-course director in multiply courses. As a full-time educator, he continues to teach, develop and implement educational initiatives and act as a mentor.