Jani Ingram, PhD

Jani Ingram, PhD
  • Professor of Analytical Chemistry
  • College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Subject-matter expertise

  • Native American communities
  • Cancer disparities among Native Americans
  • Environmental exposure effects of uranium on Navajo communities
  • How uranium works as a carcinogen
  • Effects on humans of uranium in drinking water


With NAU since 2002, Professor Jani Ingram researches solutions for cancer disparities among Native Americans while teaching the next generation of researchers who can, in turn, boost the health of their home communities.

A tribal member herself, Ingram's research addresses how environmental exposure of uranium on Navajo communities affects drinking water and dust, as well as how uranium may work as a carcinogen.

Ingram's research team has sampled wells and conducted surveys to determine how residents are using the water. The concern that uranium is present in the drinking water has prompted tribal members to ask the researchers if their own wells may be included in the study. The combination of water quality data and usage patterns helps the team of researchers advise tribal members on how to minimize their exposure to uranium.

Ingram's commitment to the Navajo community and NAU stems from her passion for teaching and for helping students. She is involved in campus life and serves as the faculty adviser for the National Chemistry Fraternity, and the Baptist Student Ministries.

A recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award for her support of Native American students at Northern Arizona University in 2005, Ingram enjoys the opportunity to work with Native American students. She also works closely with the Navajo Nation in several research projects and presentations.

Research highlights

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Awards and recognitions

  • Outstanding Faculty Award for her support of Native American

Special groups and committees

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A.A., Yavapai College, 1982
B.S., New Mexico State University, 1985
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1990

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