“When we educate women, we set them free.”– Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul and Spelman Honorary Degree Recipient 
Dr. Kimberly M. Jackson
Chair, Professor, Scientist, Mentor, Advocate


A Fulbright scholar, a visiting faculty at Harvard Medical School and research fellow at the Women’s International Study Center in Santa Fe, NM, her robust and active research program focus on novel therapeutic agents for hormone refractory prostate cancer and the role of minority-serving institutions and women of color in diversifying the STEM pipeline; each with a host of publications, presentations, and funding from multiple agencies. She has received the Spelman Presidential Award for Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Mentoring, American Association for Cancer Research MSI Faculty Scholar Award,  and the Governor’s Teaching award for her commitment to STEM excellence. She serves on the national advisory board for COACh for Women Scientists, the American Chemical Society Committee on Minority Affairs and the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Public Affairs program with the goal of helping advocate for and implement policies to promote best practices for recruitment, retention, career development and evaluation of programs for the advancement of black women scientists.

Dr. Kimberly Jackson is Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of the Food Studies program at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also co-director of a living and learning community for STEM scholars (The LINCS), an initiative whose goal is to improve access to STEM research careers for women of color through professional and social networks and social justice empowerment, while addressing a critical national need by cultivating talent for the STEM workforce. Author of “Realigning the Crooked Room: Spelman Claims a Space for African American Women in STEM”, Dr. Jackson has mentored more than 40 research students, providing them with research experiences in cancer therapeutics and drug discovery.


Race and Genetics CHE 405

Advanced Biochemistry CHE 446

Biochemistry CHE 311

Research-based Biochemistry Laboratory CHE 313L

Food Chemistry CHE 159

General Chemistry Laboratory 111L and 112L

General Chemistry 111

Food, Representation and Identity BQC 100

Created in Biochemistry CHE 311

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