Professor Jacobson received a B.S. in mathematics from Georgetown University in 1988 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Tennessee in 1992. After graduate school, Stephen was awarded an Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and in 1995, he became a research staff member at ORNL. In 2003, Stephen joined the faculty at Indiana University and is currently a professor in the Department of Chemistry.
Research in the Jacobson group is directed toward miniaturization of analytical instrumentation with an emphasis on micro- and nanofluidic devices. His research group is currently working in the areas of microfluidic separations, nanofluidic transport, cancer screening, virus sensing, and bacterial adhesion.