Jennifer Swann, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences
Lehigh University HMS - Jennifer Swann

Dr. Jennifer Swann received her doctorate in reproductive neuro-endocrinology from Northwestern University. She studied at University of Michigan and was tenured at Rutgers Newark before coming to Lehigh as an associate professor of biology in 1996. The recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, Swann's teaching interests include neuro-antomy, hormonal regulation of behavior and anatomy & physiology. Her research focuses on the role of sex steroids in the development and function of the brain and the role of steroids in the expression of sex specific behaviors. Swann fosters a “hands on” approach in all of her courses and is working to increase the use of experiential learning in middle schools as part of the local NSF STEM project. Last year Swann created an externship course in partnership with Bonnie Coyle, MD, MPH (Director of Community Health at St. Luke’s Hospital) to involve Lehigh students in health related activities in the community. In addition to these activities, Swann serves on the Advisory Board of the Bethlehem Partnership for a Healthy Community, a collaboration among 60 local businesses, government, educational, and community organizations.