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Felicia Jefferson, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Email: fjeffer1@spelman.edu
Office: 404-270-5866
Location: SC 319
Office Hours:
Monday/Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Educational Background:
Postdoctoral Fellowship, MSM and Emory University
Ph.D. Morehouse School of Medicine
M.S. Georgia State University
B.S. Rochester Institute of Technology


Dr. Felicia Jefferson began her collegiate studies at the age of 16, majoring in biotechnology and the German language. Following the receipt of her undergraduate degree, Dr. Jefferson went on to work at Procter & Gamble and Schering-Plough (now Merck) where she conducted research in the areas of toxicology, toxicogenomics, and environmental mutagenesis. Dr. Jefferson departed industry to continue her academic pursuits, completing an M.S. in molecular genetics and biochemistry and her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and neurobiology.

She has received funding to pursue her research interests from the Society for Toxicology, NIH/NINDS, and NIH/NIGMS, and has received various awards and/or accolades from the Society of Toxicology, Environmental Mutagenesis Society, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Sleep Research Society, NIAID, NCMHD, and NINDS. Dr. Jefferson has peer-reviewed publications in the areas of toxicology, environmental mutagenesis, and neurobiology. She most recently co-authored a journal article accepted for publication in the November 2013 issue of SLEEP. Her current research interests are the effects of urban pollution on sleep and circadian rhythms and the overall effects disturbances to sleep and circadian rhythms by chronic light, noise, and environmental pollutants pose to human health.