Contact Information
Fatimah Jacksion, PhD
Professor - Department of Biology
Office Location: EE Just Hall Room 228
Office Telephone: 202-806-6954
Cobb Research Lab Office 232 Douglass Hall
Cobb Research Lab Telephone: 202-806-5019
Link to Cobb Research Laboratory Website: Cobb Lab

B.A., (cum laude with Distinction in all Subjects) Cornell University (1972)
M.A., Cornell University (1978)
Ph.D., Cornell University (1981)

Biological Anthropology and Human Evolution (BIOL412)

Human Diversity and Evolutionary Genetics (BIOL475)

Full Professor, University of Maryland, 1995
Director, W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory, Howard University
Fellow, Human Biology Association
Distinguished Scholar Teacher, University of Maryland, 1995
First Recipient of Ernest E. Just Prize in Medical and Public Health Research,
Avery Research Institute, College of Charleston and Medical University of South Carolina (2012)
Awarded Nick Norgan Award for 2009 Best Article Published in Annals of Human Biology.
Coined by Rear Admiral Dr. Helena Mishoe, National Institutes of Health,
NHLBI and US Public Health Service, Bethesda, MD (2012)

Research Interests
Genetic variation in peoples of African descent
Human-plant coevolution
Gene-environment interactions in chronic disease

Grants and Funding Awards
Research, Fletcher Foundation, Oasis Scientific, (2006 - 2009) PI
Research, NIH-NIMHD and NHGRI, Wenner-Gren Foundation (2011-2012);
PI for International Conference on The Genetics of the Peoples of Africa
and the Transatlantic African Diaspora, 2012
Research Training, Marie Curie Actions, EUROTAST, EU. (2012-2017) Associate Partner
Cooperative Agreements with National Park Service. (2013-present) PI

Laboratory Personnel
Keeley Clinton- Graduate Student

Research Detailed
The Jackson Research Laboratory

The Jackson Research Lab focuses on the development of models to facilitate our understanding of human diversity and microevolution. Towards that end, the Jackson Research Laboratory is focused on integrative assessments of gene-environment interactions including human-plant coevolution, epigenomic consequences of cultural practices, anthropological genetics, and quantification of social and behavioral factors influencing human biology.

The W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory

The Cobb Research Lab houses the remains of the Cobb Collection of Human Skeletal Remains and the New York African Burial Ground. Scholars interested in the skeletal and dental biology, genetics, disease history, and social history of these collections are invited to conduct research on these collections. Dr. Fatimah Jackson is the Director and Curator of the Cobb Research Laboratory.

Selected Publications
  Jackson F, Jackson L, Cross C, Clarke C. What could you do with 400 years of biological history on african americans? Evaluating the potential scientific benefit of systematic studies of dental and skeletal materials on African Americans from the 17th through 20th centuries. Am J Hum Biol. 2016 Jul;28(4):510-3. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22821. Epub 2016 Jan 9.
  Jackson F and Cross C 2015 Applying Next Generation Science Standards in the Cobb Research Laboratory. The Backbone vol 1 no. 1 Spring 2015.
  Jackson F 2015 The Cobb Collection: Current Status and Future Research Directions. Am J Hum Biol.. 2015 Mar 4;27(2):233-4. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22692.
  Obuobi SR and Jackson F 2014 A Study on the Receptivity to Cancer Prevention Among African American Muslims. Journal of Social Science for Policy Implications. 2(2) June:01-17.
  Jackson F, Lee CM, Taylor S. Let minority-serving institutions lead. Science. 2014 Aug 22;345(6199):885. doi: 10.1126/science.345.6199.885-c.
  Jackson, FLC 2014 Gene–environment interactions in human health: case studies and strategies for developing new paradigms and research. Frontiers in Genetics, 29 August 2014 | doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00271methodologies
  Jackson, FLC; Niculescu MD, and Jackson, RT 2013 Conceptual shifts needed to understand the dynamic interactions of genes, environment, epigenetics, social processes, and behavioral choices. American Journal of Public Health. October 2013, Vol. 103, No. S1, pp. S33-S42.doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301221
  Rockwell, CL., Rowe EJ, Arnson K, Jackson F, Froment A, Ndumbe, P, Seck, B, Jackson R, Lorenz, JG . 2012 Worldwide Distribution of Allelic Variation at the Progesterone Receptor Locus and the Incidence of Female Reproductive Cancers. American Journal of Human Biology 24(1): 42-51
  Hardin, JA and Jackson, FLC 2009 Role of bioactive phytochemicals in control of mosquito-borne infectious diseases. African Journal of Biotechnology. 8(25): 7373-7378, 29 December, 2009
  Jackson, FLC 2008 Ethnogenetic Layering (EL): An alternative to the traditional race model in human variation and health disparity studies. Annals of Human Biology Mar-Apr 35(2):121-144.
  Jackson, FLC 2008 Ancestral links of Chesapeake Bay region African Americans to specific Bight of Bonny (West Africa) microethnic groups and increased frequency of aggressive breast cancer in both regions. American Journal of Human Biology 20:165-173.
  Ely B, Wilson JL, Jackson F, Jackson BA 2007 Correction: African American mitochondrial DNAs often match mtDNAs found in multiple African ethnic groups. BMC Biology 5:13 (26 March 2007)
  Ely B, Wilson JL, Jackson F, Jackson BA 2006 African American mitochondrial DNAs often match mtDNAs found in multiple African ethnic groups. BMC Biology 4:34
  Jackson, FLC 2006 An Anthropological Science Perspective on the Salt-Hypertension Hypothesis. Transforming Anthropology 14(2): 173-175.
  Jackson, F. 2006 Illuminating cancer health disparities using ethnogenetic layering (EL) and phenotype segregation network analysis (PSNA). J Cancer Education 21(1):69-79.
  Jackson, FLC 2005 Response to Armelagos commentary on the “Slavery Hypertension Hypothesis” Transforming Anthropology 13(2):125-135.
  Jackson, F. 2004 Human genetic variation and health: Ethnogenetic layering as a way of detecting relevant population substructuring. British Medical Bulletin. 69:215-235.