Jennifer A. A. Gubbels, Ph.D.

Jennifer A. A. Gubbels, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology; Division Chair of Natural Sciences

Biology Department


Ph.D. in Endocrinology, Reproductive-Physiology, 2009, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.S. in Biological Research, 2004, Loras College


Dr. Jennifer Gubbels teaches courses in physiology, biology, immunology and a team-taught course for the medical humanities minor entitled Life's Cycles: Birth, Death, and a History of Medicine. Her research involves determining the immunological regulation of the placenta during pregnancy, and how the immune system is involved in triggering preterm birth. She is also interested in the intersection of religion and science and how trauma affects physiology. To that end, she has published in religion and science journals, as well as an article in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing entitled: "Intergenerational Talking Circles Exploring Psychosocial Stressors for Preterm Birth and Strategies for Resilience among American Indian Women."


She joined Augustana in 2009, after earning a Ph.D. from the Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.