MSc/PhD Program
Jessica Wittnam

First Name:
Jessica

Last Name:
Wittnam

Country:
USA

 

 



Jessica Wittnam

EDUCATION

College / University:
2002 - 2006: Yale University, USA

Highest Degree:
B.Sc. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Major Subjects:
Cell Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Neurobiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry

Lab Experience:
Basic techniques in light microscopy, immunohistochemistry, molecular biology, tissue culture, and Drosophila genetics

Projects / Research:
2005 - 2006: Temporal analysis of TGF-Beta signaling during the development of the Drosophila neuromuscular junction, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University, USA
2005: Investigation of inversion polymorphisms in the human genome, Department of Genetics and Genomic Biology,  Hospital for Sick Children, Canada
2005: Synergy between neuronal activity and retrograde TGF-Beta signaling at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University, USA

Scholarships:
2006 - 2007: Stipend International Max Planck Research School, Germany
2005: Alan S. Tetelman ’58 Summer Traveling Fellowship
2002 - 2003: National Merit Scholarship
2002 - 2003: Amsco-Lowry Scholarship

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS AND GOALS:
I am interested in studying the mechanisms that govern synaptogenesis and synaptic plasticity, with a specific emphasis on how these phenomena allow an organism to adapt to external stimuli. I would also like to gain a greater understanding of neurodegenerative diseases and the body's response to neurological injury. Ultimately, I hope to apply this knowledge toward the treatment of neurological disorders.