About Me

As of March 2020, I am a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Robert Unckless at the University of Kansas. I am working on several projects, including investigations into the mechanism of balancing selection on antimicrobial peptides in Drosophila, as well as research on evolution of symbiosis in Wolbachia male-killers.

I pursued my 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 host-microbe symbiosis, genetics, evolution, and entomology.

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, Biological Sciences

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellow

Laboratory of Dr. Seth Bordenstein

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


B. S. in Microbiology, 2014

B. S. in Chemistry, 2014

Take 5 Scholar, 5th year Fellowship Program

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY


Connect With Me:

Twitter: @jiperlmutter


Email: jessamyn.perlmutter@ku.edu

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