Dr. Jennifer Dungan, a nurse scientist with expertise in cardiovascular genetics research, is Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and a Senior Fellow of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. In 2001, she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing with Honors from the University of Florida, where she also conducted undergraduate research to evaluate biofeedback interventions in hypertension. Dr. Dungan completed an accelerated Master’s-to-PhD program at the University of Florida. She was awarded her MSN in adult health nursing in 2002, trained at the NIH/NINR Summer Genetics Institute in 2003, and earned a PhD in Nursing Science with a minor in genetics in 2006.
Dr. Dungan's dissertation research (Alpha 1A- and Beta 2-Adrenergic Receptor Gene Expression in Human Hypertension), a multi-disciplinary project funded by the American Heart Association and an NINR-sponsored NRSA, was the first to evaluate adrenergic receptor gene expression patterns in a human model of hypertension. Before leaving her alma mater, she was awarded the Excellence in Doctoral Research Award and was in the inaugural group of graduates to earn the Young Alumnus of the Year award.
Dr. Dungan completed a 2-year postdoctoral training fellowship with the Duke University Center for Aging and Human Development from 2006 to 2008, strengthening her expertise in the areas of aging, genomics, and cardiovascular disease. From 2007 to 2009, she was a Duke University John A. Hartford Jr. Faculty Fellow. In 2008, Dr. Dungan became a Senior Research Associate at the Duke School of Nursing. In 2009, she was awarded a prestigious K99 Pathway to Independence Award to study the genetics of aging and survivorship in coronary artery disease. She was recently awarded the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Scholar Award for her research in this area.
Dr. Dungan is currently a member of the American Heart Association, the Gerontological Society of America, the American Society of Human Genetics, and the International Society for Nurses in Genetics. She has contributed her expertise in genetics toward inter- and trans-disciplinary service efforts such as the Duke Medical Center Genetic Testing Advisory Council and the Duke School of Nursing Genetic/Genomic Task Force. She has experience teaching in graduate-level courses and has developed a number of undergraduate- and graduate-level guest lectures on topics related to genetics and genomics in health and disease.