Kimberly Jackson (July 2016)
Dr. Kimberly M. Jackson is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and director of the new
Interdisciplinary Food Studies program at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She is co-director of
a new living and learning community for STEM scholars, 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. Author of "Realigning the Crooked Room: Spelman Claims a Space for African
American Women in STEM", Dr. Jackson is a prolific scholar-teacher having mentored more than 35
students, providing them with research experiences in cancer therapeutics and drug discovery.
Twenty of her former research students have earned advanced degrees, including three PhD’s with
12 PhD candidates (all African American women) in the STEM pipeline, matriculating at tier-one
research institutions in the biomedical or chemical sciences. Her robust and active research program
focuses on four distinct areas of sustained scholarship: novel therapeutic agents for hormone
refractory prostate cancer, the role of minority-serving institutions and women of color in diversifying
the STEM pipeline, innovative tools for biochemical education and food studies; each with a host of
publications, presentations and funding from multiple agencies. Her work and commitment to STEM
excellence has been recognized by several organizations including the Spelman Presidential Award
for Excellence in Research, Teaching and Mentoring. A 2015-16 Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Jackson has
held a research fellow position at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA and, a visiting
faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA in the Systems Biology department.
She serves on the advisory board for COACh for Women Scientists and Engineers and the American
Chemical Society Committee on Minority Affairs. In her spare time, she enjoys performing chemistry
demonstrations at local elementary and middle schools, being a “taxi-service” to three very active
teenagers and a wife of a research chemist.