Making a Difference, Here & Beyond
The community invests in Dell Med. In return, it’s our responsibility — one we take seriously — to be agents for change and to show real impact.
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Creating a New Kind of Doctor
We recruit and train physician leaders as comfortable taking on systemic challenges in health as caring for individual patients.
Improving Care. Improving Health.
We’re here to make health — including health care — better. The end goal is a complete revolution in how people get and stay healthy.
Discovery to Impact — Faster
We reward creative thinking and encourage rapid experimentation, using collaborative programs to speed promising research to market.
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Let’s Do Big Things Together
True health demands that the whole work in harmony, which is why we’re dedicated to partnership. Indeed, we can’t achieve our goals without it.
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Meet Dell Med
We’re rethinking the role of academic medicine in improving health — and doing so with a unique focus on our community.
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Jennifer McKinney, Ph.D.


Jennifer McKinney serves as the translational research manager at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes. She forms the bridge between the clinical research — including patient education and tissue acquisition occurring in the outpatient clinical offices — and translational bench research in the Developmental Therapeutics Lab at the Cancer Institutes, as well as basic academic research at the main campus of UT Austin.

Before joining Dell Medical School, McKinney worked as a toxicologist for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. She received her doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences from UT Austin and her master’s degree in biochemistry from Texas State University. Her research interests and background have focused on DNA repair mechanisms and genomic instability of cancer in a variety of models including bacteria, yeast and mammalian systems.

While obtaining her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Texas State University, she held a position at Brackenridge Hospital as a phlebotomist, clinical laboratory assistant and clinical technician in the emergency department.

McKinney is excited about the opportunity to facilitate relationships at Dell Med and UT Austin that will lead to innovative and collaborative clinical and translational research, and the development of more effective and patient-centered therapeutics in the Austin community and beyond.