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Jennifer Hellier

Teaching Assistant Professor; Assistant Director

What I do

I am a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Assistant Director of Pre-Health Advising.

Professional Biography

Jennifer L. Hellier PhD, is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Assistant Director of Pre-Health Advising at the University of Denver. Dr. Hellier earned her master and doctoral degrees in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Colorado State University and completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Southern California in Biomedical Engineering. Previous to her position at DU, Dr. Hellier was an Assistant Professor in Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where she was the Associate Director of the Colorado Area Health Education Center Program Office (COAHEC). In this position, Dr. Hellier developed dozens of pipeline programs for students interested in pre-health professions. Concurrently, Dr. Hellier performed peer-reviewed scientific research in schizophrenia, olfaction, and epilepsy in a neuroscience lab. Earlier in her career, Dr. Hellier was an instructor in the Neurology Department at Harvard Medical School, and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado Health Science Campus. Dr. Hellier is the lead editor and author of two ABC-CLIO’s encyclopedias, the first is entitled: The Brain, the Nervous System, and Their Diseases (December 2014); and the second is titled: The Five Senses and Beyond: The Encyclopedia of Perception (December 2016).

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Anatomy & Neurophysiology, Colorado State University, 1999
  • MS, Anatomy & Neurophysiology, Colorado State University, 1997
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, 1992

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Regional Institute Health & Environmental Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
  • National Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Organization

Research