Jacquelyn S. Fetrow
Jacquelyn S. Fetrow
Dean of Wake Forest College
Reynolds Professor of Computational Biophysics
104 Reynolda Hall
Dr. Jacquelyn S. Fetrow is the Reynolds Professor of Computational Biophysics at Wake Forest University, with joint appointments in both the Departments of Physics and Computer science. Her research program focuses on understanding the relationship between protein structure, function and dynamics, with a goal of improving the structure-based drug discovery process.
In the classroom, Dr. Fetrow, together with colleagues in computer science, developed an innovative course that won the Wake Forest Teaching and Learning Center Innovative Teaching Award in 2006. In the course, students with mathematical backgrounds teamed with biophysics and biochemistry students to develop a software solution to a bioinformatics problem that could not be solved by either group alone.
Dr. Fetrow currently serves on the Executive Council of the Protein Society, an international professional organization, the Advisory Council for the BIO Directorate at the National Science Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of QuantumBio, an early-stage biotechnology software company.
Prior to coming to Wake Forest in 2003, Dr. Fetrow served for five years as chief scientific officer and director of GeneFormatics, a biotechnology software company. As part of the executive management team there, she played a key role in developing company strategy, raising over $50 million in three funding rounds, building to a 65-person organization and merging of the company with another biotechnology software company in 2003. Dr. Fetrow co-invented GeneFormatics’ primary technologies and holds a U.S. patent for those inventions.
Previously, she served on the faculties of the Scripps Research Institute for two years and the University at Albany in New York for seven years. At Albany, she received both the Chancellor’s and President’s awards for excellence in teaching.
Dr. Fetrow earned a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1986.