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Latifa Jackson
Name: Latifa Jackson
Title: Postdoctoral Fellow (Howard University)
Research Topic: The Impact of Adverse Life experience on Allostatic Load and the Genomics of Resilience in African Americans.
Mentors: Joseph Wright (primary mentor), Vence Bonham, Carlos Bustamante, and David Williams

Bio: Dr. Jackson received her Bachelor’s degrees in Cell/Molecular Biology and Genetics (B.S.) and French Language and Literature (B.A.) from the University of Maryland at College Park (1997). She received my Master’s degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2011) from University of Arizona. She completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science (Fall 2014) in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University. Her dissertation research investigated the use of gene locality in identifying genomic regions of interest for chronic and infectious disease and how disease risk and resistance alleles segregate in human populations. She uses bioinformatics, functional genomics and evolutionary biology approaches to study genetic patterns that contribute to disease phenotypes within a biological anthropology framework. Her research seeks to build models of human immunological responses to key infectious disease that account for how genetic variants and environmental factors contribute to disease phenotypes.