Dr. Jennifer Hennigan


Dr. Jennifer Hennigan, assistant professor of biology, joined the biology department at HSU in the Fall of 2013 after completing her doctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin. As a microbiologist and molecular biologist, she teaches microbiology for majors and nursing students and non-majors life science. Her doctoral work focused on a conserved protein that communicates between gene expression pathways in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Developing an understanding of this communication is essential in addressing dysregulation of that protein and of those pathways in cancers, particularly breast cancer. She continues to pursue RNA biology research in yeast at HSU. During her tenure at UT, Hennigan was involved in guiding independent student research through the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI). She continues to have an interest in developing the research skills and experience of students at HSU.

Degrees Earned

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Microbiology, University of Texas at Austin, 2013
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Louisiana Tech University, 2006
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
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  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network