Faculty Name

Kimberly Jackson, Ph.D.


Chair of Chemistry & Biochemistry (on Sabbatical until Jan. 2024), Professor of Biochemistry, Director of Food Studies, Department of


Chemistry and Biochemistry



Office Location

Albro-Falconer-Manley Science Center 343


Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University
B.S., Alabama State University


Dr. Kimberly M. Jackson is Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Professor of Biochemistry, and Director of the Food Studies program at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She continues to expand the footprint of the Food Studies program and promote interdisciplinary efforts between the humanities and sciences. And, she serves as founder and co-director of the LINCS scholars program, a living and learning community for STEM scholars whose goal is to improve access to STEM careers for women of color through professional and social networks and social justice empowerment.

A Fulbright Scholar and a 2020-22 Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador, Dr. Jackson maintains a robust and active research program focused on novel therapeutic agents (plant-based) for castration-resistant prostate cancer and advancing equity in STEM and food spaces for Black women scholars. Her research programs have garnered a host of publications, presentations, and funding from multiple agencies.

She serves on the advisory board for COACh for Women Scientists and Engineers and the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Project SEED to help implement policies that promote best practices for recruitment, retention, career development, and evaluation of programs for the advancement of minority scientists. She has held a research fellow position at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA and, a visiting faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, in the Systems Biology department. In 2021, Dr. Jackson was recognized by Chemical and Engineering News as one of “Twenty-two trailblazing Black scientists and engineers”.

In March 2022, she was honored with the national American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, sponsored by the Dreyfus Foundation. Dr. Jackson was the first faculty member at Spelman College to be honored with all three Spelman College Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mentoring (2016), Teaching by a Senior Faculty (2012), and Scholarship by a Junior faculty (2007).

Courses Taught

Race and Genetics CHE 405
Advanced Biochemistry CHE 446
Biochemistry CHE 311
Research-based Biochemistry Laboratory CHE 313L
Food Chemistry CHE 159
General Chemistry Laboratory CHE 111L
Remembering Mama's Soul Food: Discourses of Food, Community & Gender IBQC/EDU 100

Research Interests

My laboratory examines the use of various diet-derived as potential chemotherapeutic agents for hormone-refractory or advanced prostate cancer. Currently, there is no curative therapy available once prostate cancer has metastasized or progressed to advanced disease. It is therefore imperative to develop alternative effective therapies, such as chemotherapeutic agents with novel mechanisms of action. 

Students have the opportunity to participate in a laboratory experience that extends from computational modeling and data analytics to cellular and molecular investigations in experimental cancer therapeutics while interrogating androgen receptor function (signaling), epigenetics and prostate cancer progression.


1. Guy-Sheftall, B. and K. M. Jackson; COVID-19: HBCUs, Challenges and Possibilities, Academe, May 2021

2. Sanders Johnson, S, M. Gaines, M. Van Vleet, K.M. Jackson, C. Barrett, D. Camp, L. Hibbard, M.D. Mancia, A. Rodriguez; Unleashing our chemistry superpowers: Perspectives from a Black women’s college in the time of COVID-19  Journal of Chemical Education, Vol 97: 9, August 2020, 3369-73 DOI 

3. Marsiglia, W. M., Qamra, R. Jackson, K.M. and N.J. Traaseth, A CURE Biochemistry Laboratory Module to Study Protein–Protein Interactions by NMR Spectroscopy. Journal of Chemical Education, Vol 97: 2,  January 2020, 437-442. DOI:

4. Campbell-Montalvo, R.A, Caporale, N., McDowell, G.S., Idlebird, C., Wiens, K.M. Jackson, K.M., Marcette, J. and M. Moore, Insights from the Inclusive Environments and Metrics in Biology Education and Research Network: Our Experience Organizing Inclusive Biology Education and Research Events,  Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, Vol 21:1, April 2020. DOI: 

5. Van, Destiny* and K.M. Jackson, Neem Constituent as a Therapeutic Option for Prostate Cancer, Proceedings of The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) November 2019.      

6. Jackson, K.M., M.C. Frazier, M.D. Mancia, and R.N. Shaw.  Recent Advances in the Licorice Root Constituent Dibenzoylmethane as a Potential Therapeutic Option for Cancer, Studies in Natural Products, Vol. 63, October 2019, 1-19.

7. Winfield, L.L, L.B Hibbard, K.M. Jackson, and S. Sanders Johnson, Cultivating Agency Through The Chemistry And Biochemistry Curriculum At Spelman College. Broadening Participation in STEM – Effective Pedagogies and Programs for Women and Minorities, 12 February 2019, 153-181. DOI:     

8. Jackson, K.M., and L.L. Winfield. Hope for a New Paradigm: Black Lives Matter at a Black Women’s College.  CATALYST: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, Lab Meeting, Fall 2017

9. Adams, M.*, T. Dusabamoro*, C. Fearce*, I. Fennell*, E. Gaillard*, C. Harrison*, D. Sihwa*, and P. Williams* (edited by K. M. Jackson). The Importance of Black Women Role Models in the STEM Fields. CATALYST: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, Lab Meeting, Fall 2017

10. Jackson, K.M. and L.L. Winfield. Realigning the Crooked Room: Spelman Claims a Space for African American Women in STEM. Peer Review (an AAC&U journal), 16 (2): 9-12, (2014).

11. Mancia, M.D., M.E. Reid*, E. DuBose*, J Campbell, and K.M. Jackson. Characterization of Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Constituents by GC/MS, Natural Product Communications, 9 (1): 91-94 (2014)

12. Bayse, G.S., L.P. Hammonds-Odie, K.M. Jackson, D.K. Tucker, and W.G. Kirlin. Permeation of Roxarsone and its Metabolites Increases Caco-2 Cell Proliferation. Advances in Biological Chemistry, 3: 389-96 (2013) DOI: 

13. Odom, R. Y., M.Y. Dansby, A.M. Rollins-Hairston, K.M. Jackson, and W.G. Kirlin.  Phytochemical induction of cell cycle arrest by glutathione oxidation and reversal by N-acetylcysteine in human colon carcinoma cells. Nutrition and Cancer, 61(3): 332-9 (2009) DOI:

14. Lee, M.E., D. Martin*, T. King*, L. Brown*, M. De Leon, K.M. Jackson, C.M. Woods.*  Gene-Silencing of Reversion-induced LIM Protein Compromises Responses to Interleukin-16 in Jurkat T-cells, Proceedings of the International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research and International Cytokine Society, 7:49-54 (2008)

15. Jackson, K.M., M.C. Frazier, and W.B. Harris. Suppression of the Androgen Receptor in LNCaP Prostate Cancer Cells by Dibenzoylmethane. Anticancer Research, 27: 1483-88 (2007)

16. Frazier, M.C., K.M. Jackson, E. J-Stephens, M.G. Anderson, and W.B. Harris. Proteomic Analysis of Proteins Altered by Dibenzoylmethane in Human Prostatic Cancer LNCaP Cells. Proteomics 4: 2714-21 (2004) DOI:

17. Harris, W.B., and K.M. Jackson. Suppressors of Androgen Receptor Protein Expression as Chemopreventive, Antineoplastic and Anti-progression Agents in Prostate Cancer. US Patent Publication- US 2004/0116529 Al, (2004)

18. Jackson, K.M., M. DeLeon, C.R. Verret, and W.B. Harris. Dibenzoylmethane Induces Cell Cycle Deregulation in Prostate Cancer Cells. Cancer Letters, 178 (2): 161-5 (2002) DOI:

19. Jackson, K.M., M. DeLeon, L. Sistonen, and C.R. Verret. Heat Shocked A20 Lymphoma Cells Fail to Induce Degranulation of Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes: Possible Mechanism of Resistance. Cellular Immunology 203: 12-18 (2000) DOI: 

20. DeLeon, M., K.M. Jackson, J.R. Cavanaugh, D. Mbangkollo, and C.R. Verret. Arrest of the Cell Cycle Reduces Susceptibility of Target Cells to Perforin-Mediated LysisJournal of Cellular Biochemistry, 69: 425-435 (1998)