Fernbank Science Center

Patricia Jenkins

Dr. Patricia Jenkins

Instructional Specialist: Genetics


My love for science began while in college where I completed a B.S. degree in Biology at Shaw University and went on to receive a doctoral degree in Biology with a concentration in Cell Biology and Biochemistry from Clark Atlanta University. My research involved a comparative analysis of membrane proteins in normal and sickle red blood cells. I delved further into research as a postdoctoral fellow by investigating the structure of various red blood cell membrane proteins at the Department of Pathology at Yale University School of Medicine. Subsequently, I moved to the Department of Hematology to pursue a new research interest into molecular genetics on the underlying causes of certain hereditary blood disorders.

A strong foundation in research and undergraduate teaching gave me the impetus to complete my teaching certification. I taught in Connecticut for eight years prior to moving to Georgia. where I became part of the FSC Instructional Staff. I teach Genetics to ninth grade students enrolled in the Science, Tools and Techniques (STT) Program. I also support teachers and students on the elementary, middle and high school levels in the areas of cell biology, human development, microbiology, and genetics in the DeKalb County School District.

My Motto: “Science for the fun of it.”