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Assistant Professor

Office: BPRB 490B

Twitter: @Jess_Osterhout


Jessica completed her bachelors degree at the University of Oregon in 2010 where she studied the process of neuroblast self-renewal in drosophila under the guidance of Chris Doe. She continued to study neurodevelopment at the University of California, San Diego where she earned her PhD in 2015 under the direction of Andrew Huberman. Her thesis work focused on the process of axon-target matching in the developing mouse visual system with the support of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She completed her postdoctoral training with Catherine Dulac at Harvard University in 2022 where she identified the molecular and circuit mechanisms connecting acute inflammation to the generation of fever. Her postdoc work was supported by the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund, the Y. Eva Tan Postdoctoral Fellowship and an NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award from NINDS. She joined the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor in 2022.


Neuro-immune communication, molecular signaling between neuronal and non-neuronal cells in the brain, neural circuits modulated by immune signals, sexually dimorphic behaviors, pregnancy behaviors, chemogenetics, optogenetics, advanced tools for behavioral analysis, single-cell transcriptomics, spatial transcriptomics, supporting women and other scientists with family obligations, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in scientific research.

Outside of the lab

Family time! Audiobooks (Sci-Fi, fantasy, mystery novels), camping, hiking, weight lifting, and socializing with friends and colleagues

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