Biology and Health Sciences double major
Class of May 2021
Alissa Jackson is a biology and health sciences double major from Bulls Gap, Tennessee. She first heard about Lee University from her pastor, a Lee College alumnus who attended with Dr. Paul Conn. She visited Lee as a junior in high school and immediately knew that it was the school for her.
A peer leader and Kairos Scholar, Alissa is involved in many aspects of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, including the integrated Math and Science Scholars (iMASS) program, Tri-Beta (the Biological Sciences National Honor Society) and Lee exclusive Alpha Phi Delta (the pre-medical and allied health honor society). She also works in the department’s grants office.
In the fall of 2017, Alissa’s interests in the field of medicine were heightened when her niece was diagnosed with a rare genetic brain disorder known as Joubert Syndrome. This close-to-home example of the importance of genetic research and medicine was a catalyst for Alissa’s pursuit of genetics as part of her career. After college, she plans to pursue graduate school so that she can one day practice in pediatrics, while also being involved in clinical research.