Career Discovery Seminar

Emaly Piecuch is a Genomics Educator on the Jackson Laboratory (JAX) Genomic Education team based in Bar Harbor, ME. Her ultimate career goal is to use her skills and education to disseminate the magic of science to everyone. She is happy to be an active member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Curriculum Development working groups. Emaly earned her B.S. in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology from the Purdue University in 2012 and her Ph.D. in Genetics and Genomics from The University of Connecticut in 2019. Emaly spends her free time reveling in the profound beauty of the natural world. Her favorite hobbies include hunting for mushrooms, whistling, and learning to cook authentic cuisines.
Daniel is a recovering neurobiologist. His research has focused on the regulation of gap junctions, neuron homeostasis, and applying machine learning to recapitulate cell identity from mRNA expression using Jonah crab (C. borealis) as a study system. After earning a BS in Biology from Truman State University and completing his PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia, he moved to a Postdoc position at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) where he uses Deep Learning to improve crop yield prediction across genotype, environment, and management combinations.
Vanessa is a wife and mother of two adorable little boys. She was born and raised in CT, received a bachelors degree in Molecular Cell Biology and a second bachelors degree in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, both from UConn, Storrs. She studied the process of fracture repair in her PhD in the lab of Archana Sanjay, PhD at UConn Health, and pursued postdoctoral training in hematopoiesis and long-term time lapse imaging in the lab of Diane Krause, MD, PhD at Yale School of Medicine. Vanessa is currently an Assistant Professor in the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Biology at UConn Health. She is passionate about science and strengthening the pipeline of underrepresented individuals to successful research careers. Her research interests include hematopoiesis and the bone marrow microenvironment. In her spare time, she enjoys live music, gardening, and star gazing.

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