Dr. Jenney teaches biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics in both the biomedical
and the osteopathic medicine programs. According to Dr. Jenney, in order to understand
human biology "mind, body and spirit", it is critical to understand the molecular
mechanisms which are the foundation. In order to incorporate scientific thinking and
evidence-based medicine, Dr. Jenney includes recent scientific literature in his lectures. He
covers topics including basic metabolism, the human microbiota, nutritional biochemistry
and the genetics of various diseases such as cardiac diseases, neurological disorders
The research in his lab involves the study of metalloproteins from hyperthermophiles—highly stable proteins which hold great promise for both medical and commercial processes. In particular, he is looking at utilizing these proteins as potential treatments for cancer and ischemia/reperfusion injury, as well as the potential role of hydrogenases in biofuel production.