, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 760-762
Date: 31 Jul 2013

A Tribute to Jenny S. Henkel, Ph.D. (1955–2013)

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Dr. Jenny S. Henkel, an outstanding Neuroimmune Pharmacologist, was in the prime of her life and research career when she died suddenly and unexpectedly on January 5th of 2013. Jenny graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia with a BS in Biology and an MS in Neuroscience. As a child Jenny was “super inquisitive and simple answers to her questions were never enough,” already a scientist in the making at an early age. She entered graduate school at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) where she studied with Drs. Tom Caskey and John Belmont on gene therapies for adenosine deaminase deficiency and then later with Dr. Ron Davis on rat homologs of the Drosophila dunce gene that codes for cyclic AMP phosphodiesterases. She received her Ph.D. 1997 from BCM under the mentorship of Dr. Bill Stroop studying the neuropathologies of human herpes simplex viral infections. She did post-doctorial work at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center with Dr. Stevan Marcus studying MAP kina