About Me

I am currently a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Biological Sciences in Dr. Seth Bordenstein’s lab. My dissertation research is in the genetics of Wolbachia-induced reproductive parasitism. I am broadly interested in research on microbiology, microbe-host interactions, genetics, and entomology and am currently pursuing a career of research in microbial symbiosis.

I am also passionate about bridging the gap between scientists and the community through STEM outreach, teaching, and mentoring. Engagement with students and communicating research with the public are key for the advancement of science. I lead and participate in many initiatives to build these connections.


PhD Candidate, Biological Sciences

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellow

Laboratory of Dr. Seth Bordenstein

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

2014-Present (anticipated graduation January 2020)


B. S. in Microbiology

B. S. in Chemistry

Take 5 Scholar, 5th year Fellowship Program

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY



Connect With Me:

Twitter: @jiperlmutter



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