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Jacquelyn Taylor


Associate Professor
Vernice D. Ferguson Chair in Health Equity

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Jacquelyn Taylor, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAHA, FAAN is the inaugural Vernice D. Ferguson Professor in Health Equity. Taylor’s work focuses on the interaction of –omics and social factors that contribute to health disparities for common chronic conditions among under represented minority populations in the United States and vulnerable populations abroad. Her current R01 examines the gene-environment and DNAm-environment interactions of perceived racism and discrimination, parenting stress, and maternal mental health on blood pressure on African American mothers and their young children. Dr. Taylor is also conducting a study on the genomics of lead poisoning in Flint, MI. She was recently awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Barack Obama, the highest honor awarded by the federal government to scientists and engineers, where she will examine next generation sequencing-environment interactions on blood pressure among African Americans. Her long-term goals are to develop nursing interventions to reduce and prevent omic-environment risks associated with health disparities in diverse populations across the lifespan.

Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Dr. Taylor was Associate Professor with Tenure and Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at the Yale School of Nursing.


She received a B.S.N., M.S.N. (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner), and Ph.D., from Wayne State University College of Nursing in Detroit. Dr. Taylor also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Urban Health Aging at the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology. Dr. Taylor has completed additional training in Molecular Genetics at Georgetown University and Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology at Washington University in St. Louis.

InterGEN Study Website

FlintGEMS Study Website


More than 45 publications can be found on the Google scholar and/or MyNCBI links below.

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MyNCBI page

Ph.D. Wayne State University
M.S.N. Wayne State University
B.S.N. Wayne State University
Honors and awards
PECASE: Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2017)
Fellow American Heart Association (2015)
The New Haven Club of the The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. Professional Award Recipient (2015)
Fellow American Academy of Nursing (2011)
International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) Founders Award for Outstanding Genetics Research and Scholarship (2011)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MLK Visiting Professor (2015)
Professional membership
American Academy of Nursing
American Heart Association
International Society of Nurses in Genetics
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Joint Influence of SNPs and DNA Methylation on Lipids in African Americans From Hypertensive Sibships.

Wright, M. L., Ware, E. B., Smith, J. A., Kardia, S. L. R., & Taylor, J. Y. (2018). Biological research for nursing 20, (161-167). 10.1177/1099800417752246

Plasma concentrations of lipids (i.e., total cholesterol, high-density cholesterol, low-density cholesterol, and triglycerides) are amenable to therapeutic intervention and remain important factors for assessing risk of cardiovascular diseases. Some of the observed variability in serum lipid concentrations has been associated with genetic and epigenetic variants among cohorts with European ancestry (EA). Serum lipid levels have also been associated with genetic variants in multiethnic populations.

Nursing genetics and genomics: The International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) survey.

Hickey, K. T., Taylor, J. Y., Barr, T. L., Hauser, N. R., Jia, H., Riga, T. C., & Katapodi, M. (2018). Nurse education today 63, (12-17). 10.1016/j.nedt.2018.01.002 Elsevier BV.

The International Society of Nursing in Genetics (ISONG) fosters scientific and professional development in the discovery, interpretation, and application of genomic information in nursing research, education, and clinical practice.

Parenting stress and DNA methylation among African Americans in the InterGEN Study

Wright, M.L., Huang, Y., Hui, Q., Newhall, K., Crusto, C., Sun, Y.V., & Taylor, J.Y. (2018). Journal of Clinical and Translational Science (1-6). 10.1017/cts.2018.3 Cambridge University Press (CUP).

Perceived Racial Discrimination and DNA Methylation Among African American Women in the InterGEN Study.

de Mendoza, V. B., Huang, Y., Crusto, C. A., Sun, Y. V., & Taylor, J. Y. (2018). Biological research for nursing 20, (145-152). 10.1177/1099800417748759

Experiences of racial discrimination have been associated with poor health outcomes. Little is known, however, about how perceived racial discrimination influences DNA methylation (DNAm) among African Americans (AAs). We examined the association of experiences of discrimination with DNAm among AA women in the Intergenerational Impact of Genetic and Psychological Factors on Blood Pressure (InterGEN) study.