Jessica A. Switzenberg, Ph.D.

Staff since October 2014
Research Lab Specialist

Research areas

  • Non-coding variation
  • Negative regulatory element assay development


  • B.A.: Biology, The College of Saint Rose (2006)
  • Ph.D.: Genetics, Michigan State University (2013)
  • Postdoctoral: Animal Science, Michigan State University (2013-2014)


Jessica completed her PhD in Genetics at Michigan State University where she worked with transgenic Cucumis melo L. (cantaloupe melon) to develop an ethylene-threshold model for floral sex expression. Her postdoctoral research looked at PBMC-derived macrophage RNA-seq data in Holstein dairy cows infected with Mycobacteria paratuberculosis (Johne’s disease) for expression changes caused by the infection. Currently, she is working on a negative regulatory element assay system to help characterize these elements in the non-coding genome. She helps manage the wet lab for Dr. Alan Boyle, and mentors graduate students, undergraduate students, and volunteers.