Biology Professor at Howard University
Hijri - Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era - Unknown-Present (CE)
Dr. Fatimah Jackson is a name to know in the field of biological anthropology and evolutionary genetics. As the Director of Cobb Research Laboratory at Howard University, she leads groundbreaking studies on human-plant coevolution, anthropological genetics, and traces the genetic changes within human evolution brought on by cultural migrations and practices. The Cobb Research Lab houses the largest collection of skeletal and dental remains of African Americans in the world, encompassing over 400 years of history. Under Dr. Jackson’s mentorship, this laboratory produces unequaled studies of African Americans’ biological histories, evolution, and anthropological biology. Dr. Jackson is known for championing a method for identifying microethnic groups within diverse populations and assessing any correlated health disparities. This amongst other successful work earned her the distinguished title of 2017 STEM Woman Researcher of the Year by Howard University, as well as an Outstanding Service honor from the Biology department. She has been published in many respected scientific journals such as Human Biology, Biochemical Medicine and Metabolic Biology, the American Journal of Human Biology, and has received funding from prestigious sources such as the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, the EPA, and more.