Jill is originally from New York and completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Connecticut in Pathobiology. During her time at college, she worked in an immunotoxicology lab studying the effects of Corexit, an oil dispersant used in the BP oil spill in 2010, on the immune systems of aquatic animals. Primarily, Jill researched the numerous health effects of the toxicants, PFOA and PFOS, found in this oil dispersant. Jill’s passion for animals and wildlife led her to do field study work with the USGS on oviposition in loggerhead sea turtles in Gulf Shores, AL. She also studied and observed their nesting behaviors. Her passions ultimately drove her out to Vail, Colorado where she eventually joined the SPRI team in January 2016.
Jill’s projects include studying cardiac muscle regeneration and repair, as well as, studying the effects and understanding how platelet-rich plasma can aid in healing and repair of an injury. Jill hopes the basic science will contribute to more clinical applications and looks forward to continuing her work with the CRSM team.
In Jill’s free time, she enjoys snowboarding and hiking her unimaginably cute dogs, Misha and Roxy.