Jenny Fortun, Ph.D.

Jenny Fortun, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Foundational Sciences Curriculum; and Associate Professor

Cellular Biology & Pharmacology

Office: AHC2 478

Phone: 305-348-1487


Jenny Fortun, Ph.D., has been involved in curriculum design and implementation, as well as the teaching of various foundational sciences including biochemistry, physiology, immunology, and neuroscience.  


Postdoctoral fellowship, Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL 
Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 
B.S., Biochemistry, University of Havana, Cuba 


  • Aesculapius award 
  • Alumni Graduate Fellowship, UF College of Medicine 
  • The Bryan W. Robinson Neurological Foundation Grant-in-Aid Achievement award  
  • FORE-SCI Education & Training/Outreach NIH grant 

Areas of interest/specialization  

Fortun is involved in various areas of medical education. She is interested in the development of teaching strategies that promote critical thinking skills and highlight the importance of foundational sciences for clinical reasoning. In parallel, she is involved in the development of assessment methods to evaluate the application of foundational knowledge to diagnostic reasoning and the interpretation of clinical information.   

Selected publications  

  1. Fortun J, Tempest HG.  A case for written examinations in undergraduate medical education: experiences with modified essay examinations. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education (2020) DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2020.1714543
  2. Ioannou DFortun JTempest HG. Meiotic nondisjunction and sperm aneuploidy in humans Reproduction (2018) 157 R15-31 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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). 
  5. Fortun J, Toonkel R, Berrocal Y. Case-Based Discussion: Hypertension. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2014. Available from:, 10.15766/ mep_2374-8265.9994.