Dr. Jobe graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a degree in Biology in 1967. He then completed MD and PhD degrees in 1973 at the University of California, San Diego. His PhD research was on regulation of the Lac operon with Drs. Melvin and Suzanne Cohn at the Salk Institute. Dr. Jobe completed his pediatric residency in 1975 and fellowship in Neonatology in 1977 at the University of California, San Diego. He joined the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA in 1977 where he became a Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA in 1983. He became Director of the Perinatal Research Laboratories at the Walter P. Martin Research Center at Harbor-UCLA in 1995, and he was named the 1st Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr., Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA in 1995. He moved to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, University of Cincinnati in 1997 where he presently is Professor of Pediatrics in the divisions of Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology.
Dr. Jobe performed many of the metabolic and physiologic studies that resulted in FDA approval of surfactant for the treatment of Respiratory Distress Syndrome. His research interests are in surfactant homeostasis, lung injury and Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, fetal inflammation, and lung development. He has had continuous R01 funding since fellowship. He was the Director of a P-50 Program Project Grant from NHLBI to study surfactant homeostasis in transgenic animal models at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He has worked for 22 years with NIH and Australian NHMRC funding in Perth, Western Australia and Cincinnati on translational research to understand fetal lung maturation, fetal inflammation, and the risks of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. He also directs two clinical studies funded by NHLBI to evaluate chorioamnionitis and lung outcomes in late-preterm infants (RO1) and to identify biomarkers for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (U10). He was Chair of the Steering Committee for the NICHD Neonatal Research Network from 1996 to 2006. He was a member of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council for NIH from 2003 to 2007. He presently is the Chair of the Steering Committee for the NICHD Global Research Network, and a consultant to Fundassmin, a research foundation in Argentina and a consultant for a Bill and Melinda Gates supported evaluation of maternal and infant mortality. His CV lists over 325 peer reviewed publications and over 185 editorials, chapters, and other publications.