Jamie was raised in Vancouver, Washington where she completed her Associate of Arts degree at Clark Community College in 2013. She came to USU to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, graduating in 2016 with Departmental Honors. During her time as an undergraduate student, she became involved with research in Dr. Nicholas Dickenson’s lab looking at the activation and regulation of the infection system of a bacterial pathogen, Shigella flexneri. After falling in love with her research, she decided to stay on as a Master’s student at USU to continue her work. Around the world, the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria is a critical health concern. Through her research, Jamie hopes to identify alternative therapeutic targets in Shigella and related bacterial pathogens. So far, her research has resulted in two first author papers in Protein Science and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. In addition to her research, she has held teaching positions as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow in Biochemistry, a Teaching Assistant in Genetics, and now as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry Labs. In her spare time, she loves cycling, reading, board games, and volunteering at the local hospital and library.