Director's Bio


LTC Jacob D. Johnson

LTC Jacob D. Johnson

Biography for LTC Jacob D. Johnson

Director, Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat (JTAPIC) and Blast Injury Research Coordinating Office (BIRCO), U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command, Fort Detrick


LTC Jacob Johnson has served as the U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command's (USAMRDC) JTAPIC and BIRCO Director since September 2021. LTC Johnson's offices directly support the program management functions on behalf of the DOD Executive Agent for: 1) operational analysis of combat and operational injuries across the DOD, and 2) blast injury prevention, mitigation, and treatment functions.

After completing the AMEDD Officer's Basic Course in 2005, LTC Johnson was assigned to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he conducted research on malaria and leishmania drug discovery. While assigned there, he served as a Principal Investigator, Chief of the Parasite Assay Development laboratory, and Officer-in-Charge of the Company Modern Army Combatives program. This was followed by his assignment to the United States Army Medical Research Unit - Kenya (USAMRU-K) in September 2010, where he served as Director, Malaria Drug Resistance laboratory, and Director, Malaria Diagnostics Center in Kisumu, Kenya. In April 2012, LTC Johnson next served as the Chief of Staff, USAMRU-K in Nairobi, Kenya, responsible for full spectrum support of 570 personnel conducting infectious disease research.

In October 2014, he served as Deputy Chief, Department of Clinical Investigation, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington, where he provided comprehensive research support to Madigan's staff and graduate medical education trainees and their collaborators. This was followed by his assignment to the Military Infectious Diseases Research Program, Headquarters, USAMRDC at Fort Detrick, Maryland in August 2017, where he served as the Military Deputy and planned, coordinated, and oversaw Army and tri-service Defense Health Agency funded Research Science and Technology programs that develop globally effective countermeasures against naturally occurring infectious diseases. In May 2020, LTC Johnson was assigned to USAMRDC HQ operations, where he served as Chief, G-3/5/7 and directed full-spectrum operations, plans, and training for a 6000-employee global medical life cycle management command consisting of 10 subordinate commands, laboratories, and executive agencies across four continents.

LTC Johnson earned his B.S. degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from Salem-Teikyo University, Salem, West Virginia, followed by a Ph.D. degree specializing in cell biology and immunology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. Upon graduation in 2003, he served as a postdoctoral investigator within the Division of Biomedical Marine Research, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at Fort Pierce, Florida.

LTC Johnson has authored or coauthored 44 scientific research articles and one patent. As a DoD malaria subject matter expert, previous scientific advisory positions include: member of the Malaria Steering Sub-Committee, Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC) - Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (GEIS); the Scientific Advisory Committee and In Vitro Working Committee, WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network; and President's Malaria Initiative Technical Experts meeting, Kenya Team, US Agency for International Development (US AID). LTC Johnson serves as a reviewer for 9 international research journals, including PLoS ONE, Malaria Journal, and Military Medicine. Since 2008, he has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine/Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. LTC Johnson is a recipient of the Level 3 in Science & Technology Management certification for US Army acquisition professionals, 9A Proficiency Designator for Microbiology, 8Z skill identifier for Medical Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, H3B project development skill identifier for Combatives Level III Instructor, and Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3) for significant achievements and contributions to the Army Medical Department.