Dr Jennifer R. Cohen
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, Office of International & Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA.
Jennifer R. Cohen PhD 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. In 2010, she earned her doctorate in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology from The 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. Dr. Cohen is passionate about the recruitment, retention and advancement of minorities within science and technology. Dr. Cohen developed a successful model for creating community among minorities in science and has presented her “best practices” in diversity issues during several national conferences. Her dedication to scientific research is merged with a commitment for using policy to change the stereotyped race and gender of science. She is currently an American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2013-14 Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. Working in the Office of International & Integrative Activities, Dr. Cohen continues to broaden participation of minorities in STEM.
Jennifer R. Cohen acted as Rapporteur in the "Cultivating and Promoting Future Leaders" session at the the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.