Title: Assistant Dean for Foundational Sciences Curriculum; Associate Professor, Department of Cellular Biology and Pharmacology
Office: AHC2 478
Department(s): Cellular Biology and Pharmacology
Dr. Fortun received her BS in Biochemistry from the University of Havana, in her native country, Cuba. She completed her dissertation studies in the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology focusing on the development of diagnostic essays for bacterial infection diseases. Dr. Fortun spent a year as an academic guest in the Department of Biochemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, where she focused on comparing different adjuvant conditions to increase immune response. She moved to the United States and obtained a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. Her main interest was to discern the role of protein aggregation and degradation pathways in peripheral neuropathies associated with protein miss-expression. After completion of her dissertation, she moved to the University of Miami for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis focusing on the development of combinatory therapies to improve locomotor function after spinal cord injury. Subsequently, she joined the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in 2009, where she has been involved in curriculum design, implementation, management and evaluation. She has received several awards, including the Alumni Graduate Fellowship, from the College of Medicine, UF, the Bryan W. Robinson Neurological Foundation Grant-in-Aid Achievement award during her graduate studies, FORE-SCI Education & Training/Outreach NIH grant, the Aesculapius award for teacher of the year, and the Excellence in medical school teaching award for small groups.
- Fortun J, Morales AC, Tempest HG (2016) Introduction and evaluation of case-based learning in the first foundational course of an undergraduate medical curriculum. Journal of Biological Education, 51:3, 295-304.
- Tempest HG, Gillis M, Weiler T, Fortun J. Design of a Platform to Discuss Ethical Considerations of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: a Case for Integration of Ethics in Foundational Science Medical Curriculum Med. Sci. Educ (2016).