PhD, 2017: Animal Sciences / Genomics, Genetics, and Bioinformatics, in Dr. Anna Kukekova's laboratory. Dissertation title: "Transcriptome Analysis of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis in the Experimentally Domesticated Fox."
MS, 2012: Comparative Biomedical Sciences, "Stress in hospitalized dogs"
AB, History and Literature of the Middle Ages, 1995
The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, in Karlsson Lab
University of Florida, Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program, completed 2013
Managed complicated structured data, for online publishing and other ventures, using XML, SQL, Java, PHP, Perl, AJAX, and other technologies
Wrote tools to transform printed material into online version.
Acted as chief architect of a science blogging indexing site which aims to provide order to the chaos of the science blogosphere
Maintain blog about the stress response in mammals, canine behavior, canine domestication, shelter medicine, animal welfare, and other topics
Taught online classes on genetics, neurobiology, endocrinology, and shelter behavioral assessment for a lay audience with the International Association of Applied Animal Behavior Consultants, the Pet Professional Guild, the Academy for Dog Trainers, and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Assisted Dr. Anna Kukekova with her class for upper-level undergraduates, Behavior of Domestic Animals. Developed presentation topics for students, presented quizzes using student response system (iClicker), and lectured on shelter medicine and behavior problems in dogs and cats.
Hekman, Jessica P., Alicia Z. Karas, and Claire R. Sharp. "Psychogenic Stress in Hospitalized Dogs: Cross Species Comparisons, Implications for Health Care, and the Challenges of Evaluation." Animals 4, no. 2 (2014): 331-347. Open access
Hekman, Jessica P., Alicia Z. Karas, and Nancy A. Dreschel. "Salivary cortisol concentrations and behavior in a population of healthy dogs hospitalized for elective procedures." Applied Animal Behaviour Science (2012). Open access on PMC