Press Release March 20, 2018

Linda Hicke Joins JAX as VP for Education

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution, today announced that Linda Hicke, Ph.D. has joined the Laboratory as vice president for education. 

Hicke will lead JAX’s  Education and LearningWhether your focus is on genetics research of expanding the use of genetics in your clinical practice, we welcome you.educational mission to advance genetic and genomic literacy for both internal and external audiences.  She will oversee JAX’s  Ph.D. and Postdoctoral ProgramsExceptional opportunities for PhD and postdoctoral research and training in a unique scientific environment.graduate and post graduate education and training ,    High School Students, Undergraduates, and TeachersIncluding our flagship Summer Student Program, JAX offers opportunities for academic year research, teacher professional development, and the Maine State Science Fair.high school and undergraduate student and teacher programs , and online and distance learning platforms.  She will also focus on novel approaches to  Clinical and Continuing EducationEducational programs and clinical tools designed for future and currently practicing health professionals.physician and medical education , enhancing  Courses and WorkshopsList of courses, conferences, webinars and workshops at The Jackson Laboratory.researcher-focused courses and conferences , and expanding educational partnerships with degree-granting institutions. 

“It is more important than ever to strengthen STEM outreach and education, particularly regarding the critical role of genomics in solving environmental and health challenges.  It is especially important to explore educational approaches that are targeted but scalable. Our philosophy of teaching the teachers, and teaching new leaders – be they in science or in society – requires new pedagogy. I am thrilled that Linda is joining us to captain JAX’s innovative education initiatives in this area,” said Jackson Laboratory President and CEO  Edison Liu, M.D.Conducts research focused on the functional genomics of breast cancer through an exploration of the entire genomic space.Edison T. Liu, M.D.   “Linda’s creative mind and collaborative spirit, when coupled with her experience at research-intensive institutions – evidenced by her success in building exceptional academic and research programs – will bring JAX to a new level as a leading force in the next generation of science education.” 

Prior to joining The Jackson Laboratory, Hicke was dean of the College of Natural Sciences and professor of molecular biosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, a position she has held since 2012. Before that, she spent 16 years as a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Cell Biology at Northwestern University, where, as the associate vice president for research, she led the revitalization of the university’s undergraduate teaching in the biological sciences, with support from a grant from HHMI. As Dean at the University of Texas, she established the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science to foster innovative STEM education programs.


Dr. Hicke earned her B.A. in Chemistry at Humboldt State University and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.