Jessi Becker received her BS in Biology (Summa Cum Laude) from The City College of New York (USA) in 2016. As an undergraduate, she conducted research on excitotoxicity in C. elegans under the supervision of Prof. Itzhak Mano. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Jessi began a post-baccalaureate research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, USA) in the laboratory of Dr. Lawrence Tabak. During her two years at the NIH, she studied the localization signals of N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferases using cell biology and biochemical techniques. In January 2020, she began her PhD studies in Prof. Anne Ferguson-Smith’s group at The University of Cambridge (UK). She joined the Ferguson-Smith group as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher in the DohART-NET Innovative Training Network.
Research focus: To discover mechanisms by which the epigenetic programme is established and maintained during the periconceptional period using pre-clinical mouse models.