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Jessica Thomas

4th Year Ph.D Candidate
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Biological Sciences

Woodley Lab, Mellon Hall
Phone: x4648

Education:

B.S. Biology, Seton Hill University, 2011
Research Project

Briefly, my research focus is on amphibian stress physiology. I study the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in an amphibian model, Desmognathus ochrophaeus. Specifically, I am focusing on the seasonal changes of the axis in the field and its interactions with the reproductive and immune systems.

Abstracts

Thomas, J.R., and Woodley, S. K. (2013). "Chronic elevation of the stress hormone, corticosterone, slows cutaneous wound healing in a terrestrial salamander (Desmognathus ochrophaeus)." Poster presented at the SICB 2014 Annual Meeting. Austin, TX. January 3-7, 2014.

Thomas, J.R., and Woodley, S. K. (2013). "Chronic elevation of the stress hormone, corticosterone, slows cutaneous wound healing in a terrestrial salamander (Desmognathus ochrophaeus)." Poster presented at the Graduate Student Research Symposium, Duquesne University. Pittsburgh, PA. October 25, 2013

Awards

Frederick and Helen Gaige Award. 2014. Awarded $500

Highlands Biological Station Grant-in-Aid of Research. 2013. Awarded $700

Thelma Howell Memorial Scholar 2013

Excellence in Graduate Research. Duquesne University Graduate Student Research Symposium. 2013. Awarded $300