Destiny Jackson is a rising senior at Emory University pursuing a BA in Sociology and Global Health. Her primary academic interests are the social determinants of health, health disparities, epidemiology, and health policy. After graduating, Destiny plans to continue her education in an area that is at the intersection of policy, health care, and public health. As an Oxford Research Scholar and Research in Sociology (RISE) student at Emory, she has employed a joint sociological and public health lens to her previous research projects
During SUMR, Destiny is working on two research projects under the guidance of Dr. Farouk Dako and Drs. Arnold Rosoff, Robert Field, and Anthony Orlando. With Dr. Farouk Dako, Destiny will be working to identify the predictive factors and imaging features of Lung Cancer in Never Smokers (LCINS) via epidemiologic analysis. The goal of this study is to improve the early diagnosis of and treatment options for LCINS. With Professors Arnold Rosoff, Robert Field, and Anthony Orlando, Destiny will be studying and addressing racial disparities in genetic database participation. This project seeks to understand the factors limiting the participation of underrepresented groups in such databases in order to work towards more equitable, large-scale genetic research.
Outside of academics, some of Destiny’s most meaningful college experiences have been serving as Black Student Alliance President, a Chemistry Tutor, and the Community Service and Advocacy Chair of her hall council. She currently enjoys volunteering with the Community Advanced Practice Nurses’ (CAPN Clinics) Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program and working at the Student Athletic and Academic Center (SAAC) on her campus. In her free time, Destiny loves playing volleyball and avidly listening to the Hamilton soundtrack.