Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Women in Science
Chief Scientific Officer, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Dr. Jenkins serves as a tenured Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Women in Science, Founding Director and Chief Scientific Officer for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). She joined the FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) in 2015 via an interprofessional agreement. In her role as OWH Director of Medical Initiatives and Scientific Engagement, Dr. Jenkins provides sex and gender scientific expertise within research, educational, and health policy initiatives. Prior to her career in medicine she received a degree in Chemical Engineering. In 2015, she received a Master of Education in the Health Professions (MEdHP) through Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
A national thought leader in sex and gender health science, Dr Jenkins founded the TTUHSC Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, whose focus is sex and gender-specific women’s health. She subsequently led its expansion across six campuses and to national prominence. She has served in a variety of roles such as Program Chair of the 2015 and 2018 National Sex and Gender Health Professional Education Summits, co-Chair of the Reproduction Workgroup of NASA’s Decadal Review of Sex and Gender Research, a member of the Women’s Health Writing Group of the National Board of Medical Examiners, HRSA and NIH expert panel advisories, and the International Gender Medicine Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Jenkins has provided over 150 scientific and consumer presentations and co-authored numerous works including research publications, scientific commentaries, and textbooks.