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Jackie Brittingham

Professor of Biology
Jackie Brittingham is passionate about investigating the wonders of the biological world alongside students in her classrooms, laboratories and through global experiences.


Jackie Brittingham is a biology professor, research mentor, and academic advisor for students preparing for careers in the health professions and biological research. Her research expertise is in the field of organogenesis in several different animal models including the frog and zebrafish. Her current interdisciplinary neuroscience research is focused on the development and manipulation of complex behaviors in zebrafish. She is passionately involved in STEM outreach activities, including several in conjunction with the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  Her other interests include studying global health challenges, in particular issues impacting women and children, in the classroom or abroad in locations like southern Africa and Central America.


  • Embryology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Human Physiology
  • Pre-Health Professions Advising
  • Global Health and Social Justice


  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Simpson College 2014
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, AAUW 2014
  • Distinguished Junior Faculty Award, Simpson College 2003


  • Ph.D. in Developmental Biology, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Dissertation: Molecular analysis of gastrointestinal smooth muscle development in vitro
  • B.S. in Biology, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science