Jessica grew up in the Mid-Hudson Valley, New York, and received a B.S. in biological sciences from Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. As an undergraduate, she studied reproductive biology of tree swallows in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She enjoyed her time at Cornell and applied to the dual degree program in hopes of combining both her love of ornithology and interests in veterinary medicine and wildlife conservation. For her thesis work, she is studying house finch antibody response to the pathogenic bacterium Mycoplasma gallisepticum, which causes conjunctivitis in free-living passerine birds.
BS, Biological Sciences, from Cornell University
Publications and Presentations
Grodio JL, Hawley DM, Osnas EE, Ley DH, Dhondt KV, Dhondt AA, Schat KA. Pathogenicity and immunogenicity of three Mycoplasma gallisepticum isolates in house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus). Vet Microbiol. 2012 Feb 24; 155(1):53-61.
Cushing TL, Schat KA, States SL, Grodio JL, O'Connell PH, Buckles EL. Characterization of the host response in systemic isosporosis (atoxoplasmosis) in a colony of captive American goldfinches (Spinus tristis) and house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Vet Pathol. 2011 Sep; 48(5):985-92.
Hawley DM, Dhondt KV, Dobson AP, Grodio JL, Hochachka WM, Ley DH, Osnas EE, Schat KA, Dhondt AA. Production of house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) IgA specific anti-sera and its application in immunohistochemistry and in ELISA for detection of Mycoplasma gallisepticum-specific IgA.J Evol Biol. 2010 Aug;23(8):1680-8.
Grodio JL, Buckles EL, Schat KA. Production of house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) IgA specific anti-sera and its application in immunohistochemistry and in ELISA for detection of Mycoplasma gallisepticum-specific IgA.Vet Immunopathol. 2009 Dec 15; 132 (2-4): 288-94
Grodio, J.L., Dhondt, K.V., O'Connell, P.H., and Schat, K.A. 2008. Detection and quantification of Mycoplasma gallisepticum genome load in conjunctival samples of experimentally infected house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) using real-time polymerase chain reaction. Avian Pathology. 37(4): 385-91.
Grodio, J.L., Buckles, E.L., and Schat, K.A. 2008. Production of house finch IgA-specific anti-sera. Oral presentation at the 126th stated meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union, Portland, Oregon.