Chief Scientific Officer

Laura Street, RNC-E, MSNDr. Jenkins joined the FDA Office of Women's Health (OWH) in 2015 where her role includes building strategic partnerships internal and external to the agency and contributing sex and gender scientific expertise within research and educational programs. She currently leads the OWH Research Impact and Gap Analysis Project with representatives across FDA.

Dr. Jenkins has continued her tenure at TTUHSC where she serves as a Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Women in Science, Founding Director, Chief Scientific Officer for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health and the J. Avery Rush Endowed Chair for Excellence in Women's Health Research. Prior to her career in medicine she received a degree in Chemical Engineering and was employed at Kodak Eastman Chemical Company as a control systems engineer. In 2015, Dr. Jenkins joined Johns Hopkins University's Masters in Education for Health Professionals (MEHP) Program as Director of the MEHP Graduate Research Program.

An avid academic and program innovator, Dr. Jenkins cultivated institution-wide and national research, education and clinical care efforts within the sex and gender based health (SGBH) space. Her translational research focus is in the area of cancer immunotherapy where she worked with an NIH-funded team developing ovarian cancer vaccines and incorporation of sex differences into the cancer immunotherapy platform. Her educational research focuses on integration of sex and gender evidence and models for interprofessional health professionals’ curricula. She founded the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health in 2007 and led expansion of its research grants program, education, and outreach initiatives across six campuses within TTUHSC. At Johns Hopkins she was brought in to direct the MEHP graduate research program and lead efforts to increase capacity, align resources and infrastructure with optimized assessment and operations.

She has served in a variety of national positions, such as Program Chair of the 2015 and 2018 National Sex and Gender Medical 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, and HRSA and NIH expert panel advisories. By invitation, she has delivered more than 110 presentations to professional and public audiences and co-authored numerous works in both the scientific and public arena. In 2017, Dr Jenkins was honored with the American Medical Women's Association's Elizabeth Blackwell award which recognizes the achievement of a woman physician who has made the most outstanding contribution to the cause of women in the field of medicine.

Dr. Jenkins CV