Jessica Nelson, PhD

2019 K99/R00 Awardee
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University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellow

Jessica Nelson is a postdoctoral fellow working at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Granato. Jessica’s current work focuses on how post-translational modifications (such as palmitoylation) effect local changes that drive synaptic plasticity in vivo and ultimately impact animal behavior. Jessica received her BS in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary and her PhD in Neuroscience from Yale University. As a PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Colón-Ramos she conducted a forward genetic screen in C. elegans to dissect the molecular mechanisms critical for neuronal development. As a BRAIN Initiative investigator, Jessica will take full advantage of the optically transparent larval zebrafish, leveraging high-throughput behavioral assays, as well as biochemical, electrophysiological, and live imaging techniques to determine how neuronal activity and synaptic protein localization change and enable animals to learn.

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