Jessica M. Wright
Center for Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience
197 University Ave.
Newark, NJ 07102
Telephone: (973) 353-3603
Rutgers, the State University of NJ, Newark, NJ 2008-Present (Anticipated graduation: 09/13)
Ph.D., Neuroscience (GPA: 4.0)
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ 1997-2001
B.A., Mathematics with a concentration in Computer Science (GPA: 3.95)
Doctoral Research: Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Newark NJ (Advisor: Dr. Bart Krekelberg) 2008-Present
Thesis Project: Neural Mechanisms of Position Perception. Investigated how humans integrate different components of a stimulus during spatial localization.
· Designed psychophysical and functional imaging experiments. Implemented experiments using C++ and Neurostim.
· Conducted experiments with transcranial direct current and clinical populations (hemianopic & spatial neglect).
· Implemented data analysis with Matlab and utilized various statistical techniques including regression analysis.
· Analyzed MRI data using BrainVoyager.
Graduate Research Rotation: Behavioral and Neural Sciences Department, Rutgers University, Newark NJ (Advisor: Dr. April Benasich) 2007
· Reviewed research on visual processing deficits associated with language impairments.Trained on ERP data acquisition in infants and children.
Teaching Assistant: Quantitative Neuroscience Lab, Rutgers University 2009
· Mentored graduate students on various topics including modeling ion channel properties. Prepared solutions for use in the laboratory and monitored laboratory.
Teaching Assistant: Analytical and Computational Neuroscience, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 2008
· Mentored graduate & undergraduate students on various topics including modeling electrical properties of neurons. Developed the homework grading policy and corrected all homework assignments.
Teaching Assistant: Foundations in Neuroscience I, Rutgers University 2007
· Mentored graduate students on various topics and led exam review sessions. Provided suggestions for lecture topics and managed administrative tasks related to the course.
Instructor: Defined Benefits Technical Training, Hewitt Associates, Bridgewater, NJ 2007
· Developed a web based training curriculum for entry-level associates. Lead instructor for various classroom training sessions.
Instructor: High School Mathematics (Algebra & Geometry), Kenilworth Board of Education, Kenilworth, NJ 2003-2004
· Incorporated educational methods to address multiple learning styles in each lesson. Developed 4 lesson plans per day for classes ranging between 20-25 students.
Wright J, Morris A, Krekelberg B. 2011. Weighted Integration of Visual Position Information, Journal of Vision 11(14): 1-16.
Wright J, Morris A, Krekelberg B. 2010. Integration of visuospatial position information is modulated by retinal eccentricity and attention. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Naples, FL.
fMRI Visiting Fellowship Course: A Five Day Intensive Introduction. Massachussetts General Hospital & The Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Charlestown, MA 2009
Lead Systems Analyst/Manager: Hewitt Associates, Bridgewater, NJ 2001-2007
· Planned and supervised overall project development of software applications for multiple clients. Delegated projects and tasks to 7 associates and managed career development of 4 associates.
Software Developer: JAT Software, Bridgewater, NJ 1999-2001
· Developed SQL databases. Resolved technical issues and implemented a new technical support policy.
SERVICE TO UNIVERSITY:
Treasurer, Graduate Student Government Association, Rutgers University 2009-2010
Campus Liaison for Rutgers University, Science Alliance Division, New York Academy of Sciences 2008-2010
· Informed students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty of upcoming events and other pertinent information. Organized a career development lecture for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
SERVICE TO COMMUNITY:
Volunteer, NYC Relief Bus, Elizabeth, NJ 2013
Youth Ministry Leader, Liquid Church, Morristown, NJ 2011-Present
Case Manager, Women Aware (Supports domestic violence survivors), New Brunswick, NJ 2010-2012
Mentor, Partners in Science Program, Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ 2009
· Devised an experiment and instructed a high school student on experimental design, data collection and data analysis.
Invited speaker, Stepwise Charitable Systems, Warren, NJ 2009
· Presented and facilitated activities on visual perception and the brain for 6th grade students.
Volunteer, Starlight Children’s Foundation, NY, NY 2005
Mentor, Family Mentor Program of New Jersey, Holmdel, NJ 2003-2004
Graduate Student Excellence Award, Rutgers University GSGA 2010
Executive Women of New Jersey Graduate Merit Award 2009
HHMI Pre-doctoral fellowship for the Quantitative Neuroscience Program, NJIT, Rutgers University and UMDNJ, Newark, NJ 2007-2009
Presidential Scholar, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ 1997-2001
University Honors Program, Fairleigh Dickinson University 1997-2001
Phi Omega Epsilon Honor Society, Fairleigh Dickinson University 2001
Academic Excellence in Mathematics, Fairleigh Dickinson University 2001
Phi Zeta Kappa Honor Society, Fairleigh Dickinson University 2000
Proficient in MATLAB, Microsoft Office. Experience with PC environments and C++. Currently learning Brainvoyager.
Member of Vision Sciences Society 2010-Present
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2012-Present
Member of the New York Academy of Sciences 2007-Present