Student Name: Jessica Zung
Steven A. Prescott, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology
James D. Thomson, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Stephen I. Wright, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Jessica graduated in 2016 from the University of Toronto with a double specialist in Physiology and EEB (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), as well as a minor in Classical Greek.
During her undergraduate program, she participated avidly in research, writing two honours theses and receiving three summer research awards from NSERC and U of T. Her undergraduate work has led to two papers published in academic journals. Jessica's research in U of T's Physiology department examined how individual neurons' biophysical properties might affect the behaviour of a larger neural network. Her work in other areas includes research on pollination biology and plant evolutionary genomics. Besides research and coursework, she served as the president of the EEB undergraduate student union and volunteered for several years as a Classical Greek instructor at the University of Toronto Schools.
Since graduating from U of T, Jessica has received a Princeton Centennial Fellowship and an NSERC Post-Graduate Scholarship to pursue a doctorate at Princeton University. There, she is studying how evolution has shaped genes and neurons underlying mosquito biting preference.