Symposium Speaker: Fatimah Jackson, PhD

Fatimah Jackson, PhD, is a human biologist and anthropologist and Professor of Biology at Howard University in Washington, DC. Dr. Jackson earned her BA, MA, and PhD from Cornell University. Prior to her current position, Dr. Jackson held faculty and leadership positions at several institutions, including at the University of California Berkeley, University of Florida, University of Maryland, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her ten year tenure at Howard University, Dr. Jackson also served as Director of the Cobb Biological Anthropology Laboratory, a position she held until 2020. Dr. Jackson's current research interests focus on integrative assessments of gene-environment interactions including human-plant coevolution, epigenomic consequences of cultural practices, anthropological genetics, and quantification of social and behavioral factors influencing human biology. She has received numerous accolades for her research and teaching, which include the 2009 Nick Norgan Award for the Best Article Published in Annals of Human Biology; the 2012 Ernest E. Just Prize in Medical and Public Health Research by Avery Research Institute of College of Charleston and Medical University of South Carolina; the 2017 STEM Woman Researcher of the Year at Howard University; the 2017 the Outstanding Service Award from the Department of Biology at Howard University; and the 2020 Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.


Recent Publications

  1. Ashktorab, H, Pizuorno, A, Chirumamilla, LG, Adeleye, F, Dalivand, MM, Sherif, ZA, Oskrochi, G, Challa, SR, Jones-Wonni, B, Rankine, S et al.. African Americans Possessed High Prevalence of Comorbidities and Frequent Abdominal Symptoms, and Comprised A Disproportionate Share of Covid-19 Mortality among 9,873 Us- Hospitalized Patients Early in the Pandemic. Arch Intern Med Res 2024; 7 (1): 27-41. PubMed PMID:38694760 PubMed Central PMC11062622.
  2. Jackson, FLC. Community-initiated genomics. Science 2023; 381 (6657): 482-483. PubMed PMID:37535713 .
  3. Jackson, F, Clinton, C, Caldwell, J. Core issues, case studies, and the need for expanded Legacy African American genomics. Front Genet 2023; 14 : 843209. PubMed PMID:37359364 PubMed Central PMC10287052.
  4. Brandon Ogbunugafor, C, Jackson, F. On evolutionary medicine and health disparities. Evol Med Public Health 2023; 11 (1): 126-128. PubMed PMID:37197589 PubMed Central PMC10184439.
  5. Diogo, R, Adesomo, A, Farmer, KS, Kim, RJ, Jackson, F. Not just in the past: Racist and sexist biases still permeate biology, anthropology, medicine, and education. Evol Anthropol 2023; 32 (2): 67-82. PubMed PMID:37014801 .
  6. Ashktorab, H, Pizuorno, A, Adeleye, F, Laiyemo, A, Dalivand, MM, Aduli, F, Sherif, ZA, Oskrochi, G, Angesom, K, Oppong-Twene, P et al.. Correction: Symptomatic, clinical and biomarker associations for mortality in hospitalized COVID-19 patients enriched for African Americans. BMC Infect Dis 2022; 22 (1): 712. PubMed PMID:36038841 PubMed Central PMC9421109.
  7. Ashktorab, H, Pizuorno, A, Adeleye, F, Laiyemo, A, Dalivand, MM, Aduli, F, Sherif, ZA, Oskrochi, G, Angesom, K, Oppong-Twene, P et al.. Symptomatic, clinical and biomarker associations for mortality in hospitalized COVID-19 patients enriched for African Americans. BMC Infect Dis 2022; 22 (1): 552. PubMed PMID:35715729 PubMed Central PMC9204073.
  8. Caldwell, J, Jackson, FLC. Evolutionary perspectives on African North American genetic diversity: Origins and prospects for future investigations. Evol Anthropol 2021; 30 (4): 242-252. PubMed PMID:34388300 .
  9. Jackson, F, Clinton, C, Graves, J. Genomics of African American remains - limits must not compound inequity. Nature 2021; 596 (7870): 35. PubMed PMID:34345046 .
  10. Jackson, FLC. So many Nigerians: why is Nigeria overrepresented as the ancestral genetic homeland of Legacy African North Americans? Am J Hum Genet 2021; 108 (1): 202-208. PubMed PMID:33321100 PubMed Central PMC7820629.
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