Dr. Jennifer R. Cohen
Office of the Director
Office of International and Integrative Activities
Class of 2014
Jennifer R. Cohen, Ph.D. earned her associate’s degree from City College of San Francisco and her B.S. in biology from Howard University. In 2003, Dr. Cohen was awarded a Minority International Research Training Fellowship to conduct biomedical research in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she explored an inexpensive alternative for malaria prevention. In 2010, she earned her doctorate in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. Her discovery of the targeting signal for the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus envelope protein enhanced the modern paradigm of virus production by providing a novel approach for preventing viral infection. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Brady Urological Research Institute, her research examined non-classical roles of B-cell lymphoma 2 protein during prostatic disease.
Dr. Cohen is passionate about the recruitment, retention and advancement of minorities within biomedical research. Dr. Cohen developed a successful model for creating community among minorities in science and shared her “best practices” regarding diversity issues at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, the National Postdoctoral Association’s annual meting and Christopher Newport University. Her dedication to scientific research is merged with a commitment to use policy to change the stereotyped race and gender of science.