PhD candidate, Connor lab
Jackie attended St. Edward’s University for her undergraduate degree, where she majored in bioinformatics and developed an interested in infectious disease. She now works as a PhD student in John Connor’s lab at the NEIDL, where she researches how viruses interact with their hosts. She uses an array of computational techniques to study the genomics of filoviruses and the circulating host immune response to Lassa virus and ebolaviruses. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic she used her skills to focus on SARS-CoV-2 sequencing to help create a joint contact-tracing and molecular epidemiology approach for the management and tracking of SARS-CoV-2 transmission at Boston University. Her work with CEID includes involvement in development of an outreach program in partnership with Boston Area Health Education Center (BAHEC) to engage with high schoolers interested in public health and infectious diseases policy and research.