Felicia A. Jefferson, Ph.D.

  • College: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department: Biology Academic Department
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Associated Majors and Graduate Programs: Biology
  • jeffersonf@fvsu.edu


Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Office: (478) 827-3254
Fax: (478) 825-6104
Email: jeffersonf@fvsu.edu


Biotechnology and German Language
Rochester Institute of Tech Rochester, NY

Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Biomedical Science and Neuroscience
Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Clinical Behavioral Neuro/Sleep Med
Emory University and MSM Atlanta, GA


  • 2015-present
    Assistant Professor, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
  • 2013-2014
    Assistant Professor, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
  • 2003-2004
    Staff Scientist, Schering-Plough (now Merck), Kenilworth, NJ
  • 2002-2003
    Staff Scientist, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2001-2002
    Research Assistant, University of Louisville Medical Center, Louisville, KY


1. PI – Broadening Participation in Neural Engineering, Bioengineering, and Systems Engineering Research, National Science Foundation, Award #1649717. This NSF Engineering Directorate R&D award addresses two of the National Academies’ fourteen grand challenges and aligns with the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development report from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, and National Science Foundation. The overarching goal of this exploratory
research project is to establish initial connections (e.g., improvement of sleep quality and/or duration) to
the outcome of interest (e.g., increase in number of underrepresented minority and women college
students majoring in STEM fields, particularly noted “brilliance” fields of bio-/biomedical/neural
engineering, or entering STEM careers), May 3, 2017 – April 30, 2019.

2. HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program Faculty Research Mentor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Spelman College faculty research adviser to six undergraduate African-American female dual degree science and engineering students, 2014. Four (the maximum given to a single institution in a single year) of these six students received a Society of Toxicology Research Award.

3. Faculty Undergraduate Education Award, Society for Toxicology, 2015. Received an undergraduate education award for teaching and research excellent in biochemistry. PI’s research laboratory was awarded the maximum number allowed (four) research travel award student recipients to annual the Society of Toxicology meeting during the same year.

4. Associate Editor, International Supply Chain Technology (ISCT) Journal, An official journal of the International Supply Chain Education Association (Engineering), (Print ISSN 2380-5730; Electronic ISSN 2380-1204), 2015 – Current.
5. Grant Reviewer, National Science Foundation (NSF), 2015 – Current and NIH NNRS Study Section, National Institutes of Health, 2016


(i) Five most closely related to the proposed project (peer-reviewed) (* = with undergraduate co-authors)

1. Pickens S, Boss L, Ahn H, Jefferson F. (2017). Identifying Cognitive Impairment in Hospitalized Older Adults to Prevent Readmission: Two Case Studies. Clinical Gerontologist, May 25:1-7. doi:10.1080/07317115.2017.1333971. [Epub ahead of print]

2. McKinney, J.A., Ortiz-Young, D., and Jefferson, F. (2015) Gender differences in obstructive sleep apnea and the associated public health burden. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 13(3): 196-209.*

3. Brown B; Jones EC; Clark KP; Jefferson F. (2014). Sleep disturbances and post-traumatic stress disorder in women. Neuroendocrinology Letters, 35(7):560-566.*

4. Jefferson, F., Ehlen, J., Williams, N., and Paul, K (2014). A dopamine D2-receptor agonist attenuates the ability of stress to alter sleep in mice. Endocrinology, 155:4411-4421.*

5. Ehlen, J.C., Jefferson, F., Brager A.J., Benveniste, M., and Paul, K.N. (2013). Period-amplitude analysis reveals wake-dependent changes in the electroencephalogram during sleep deprivation. Sleep, 1;36(11):1723-35.

(ii) Five other significant publications (peer-reviewed) (* = with undergraduate co-authors)

1. Jagne, J., White, D., Jefferson, F. (2016). Endocrine disrupting chemicals: adverse effects of bisphenol-
A and parabens to women’s health. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 227(6): 182-192.*

2. Price, A., Jones, E., Jefferson, F. (2015). Vertical greenery systems as a strategy in urban heat island mitigation. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 226(8): 247-258.*

3. Jefferson, Felicia; Jesus, Jairo De; Jones, Erick C; Ortiz, Deborah. (2014). Evaluating the economic impact of water regulation and sustainability on urban supply chain facility planning. International Journal of Supply Chain Management, 3(4):1-12.*

4. Jefferson, F.A., Xiao, G.H., and Hein, D.W. (2009). 4-Aminobiphenyl Downregulation of NAT2 Acetylator Genotype–Dependent N- and O-acetylation of Aromatic and Heterocyclic Amine Carcinogens in Primary Mammary Epithelial Cell Cultures from Rapid and Slow Acetylator Rats. Toxicological Sciences, 107(1): 293-297.

5. Muller, A., Boiter, E., Hu, T., Carr, G.J., Le Ferve, A.C., Marchandeau, J.P., Flor, M., Jefferson, F.A., Aardema, M.A., Thybaud, V. (2005). Laboratory variability does not preclude identification of biological functions impacted by hydroxyurea. Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, 46:4 221-235. Invited Article: 25th Anniversary of Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, 2005.

FVSU Students Present at Biennial Gordon Research Conference
FVSU Students Present at Biennial Gordon Research Conference, March 2016. (Left to Right) Ms. Haley Hudson, Dr. Felicia Jefferson, Ms. Jessica Booker