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Jessica
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Professional Summary

Research professional with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in Neuroscience and Behavior, B.S. & Sociology, B.A. from Florida Atlantic University. The coursework from both fields served to gain knowledge of the biological, psychological, and social influences on human behavior. Accumulated years of experience in leadership, teaching, mentorship, public speaking, community service, and community engagement. Interest in pursuing an MD/PhD with a focus in Neurobiology to work towards becoming a physician-scientist in this field.

Along with professional endeavors and experiences in medicine and science, I am a private pilot and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT). Intent to apply these experiences in aviation towards medicine through application of an aviation medical examiner (AME) certification. Seek to incorporate fitness, along with other treatment modalities and medication, in a career towards an interdisciplinary approach in medicine with a focus on using precision medicine to improve mental health, psychiatric, and neurological conditions.

Work History
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services - Research Assistant
Inglewood, CA, 06/2020 - Current
  • Received undergraduate degree from FAU in 2020 as a member of the FAU-Max Planck Honors in Neuroscience Program. Expanding on projects performed in the Max Planck thesis, along with assisting with other experiments in the Blakely lab.
  • Support studies seeking to understand:
    + Pathways by which immune signaling regulates serotonergic function in the CNS
    + The impact that serotonergic IL-1R1 has on neuronal activation and behavior
    + How sex differences influence neuropsychiatric conditions and immune system function
    + How human mutations in the serotonin transporter (SERT) impact neurochemistry and behavior
    + How new genes are linked to neurodegeneration

Supervisor: Dr. Randy Blakely (rblakely@health.fau.edu)

Florida Atlantic University - Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant
City, STATE, 08/2018 - 05/2020
  • Facilitated Organic Chemistry discussion courses in conjunction with lecture
  • Advised and clarified course material to students completing coursework problems for a grade
  • Increased proficiency in course material through one on one engagement
  • Established an interdisciplinary teaching approach for fellow organic chemistry TAs
  • Assisted with proctoring in person exams
  • Taught 5 semesters, worked with over 600 students

Supervisor: Dr. Elijah J. St. Germain (estgerma@fau.edu) and Dr. Stephane Roche (sroche2@fau.edu)

Education
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL, Expected in 05/2020 Bachelor of Science : Neuroscience & Behavior - GPA :
  • Member of FAU-Max Planck Honors in Neuroscience Program. Performed undergraduate neuroscience research
  • Completed honors thesis entitled "Investigation of the Role of Serotonergic IL-1R1 in Mediating Immune System-Related Neuronal Activation" under the mentorship of Dr. Randy Blakely
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL, Expected in 05/2020 Bachelor of Arts : Sociology - GPA :
  • Member of Honors in Sociology Program and performed undergraduate qualitative sociology research
  • Completed honors thesis entitled "The Effect of Student Participation in Accelerated Collegiate High School Programs on Self Identity, Mental Health, and the Transition to Adulthood" under the mentorship of Dr. Ann Branaman and Dr. Laura Backstrom
Florida Atlantic University High School Boca Raton, FL, Expected in 05/2018 High School Diploma : - GPA :
Leadership

Founder and Director of Operation Care Initiative 09/2017 - Current

  • Established between Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Lynn Cancer Institute, and the Miami Cancer Institute
  • Coordinate collection of items to assemble into care packages for cancer patients for the holiday season
  • Direct ambassadors program to recruit volunteers for community outreach expansion
  • 9000 donations have been collected and assembled into over 500 care packages that were personally distributed to cancer patients at the three hospital affiliations


President for the American Medical Student Association at Florida Atlantic University 04/2019 - 05/2020

  • Directed a team of 30 officers to host over 120 events characterized around assisting pre-health students to get more involved in the healthcare field
  • Collaborated with Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine for members to experience Gross Anatomy Lab, Standardized Patient Program, and Healthcare Career Outreach Program
  • Established partnership with the Hardrock stadium to fundraise for members and the organization. Coordinated and fundraised at University of Miami football games, the Orange Bowl, and Superbowl LIV
  • Created Mentor-Mentee Program, and the following two interest groups: Exercise, Lifestyle, and Nutrition in Medicine & Advocacy, Healthcare Administration, and Public Health in Medicine


Director of Research for the American Medical Student Association at Florida Atlantic University 12/2017 - 04/2019

  • Worked alongside a Co-Director to engage members in undergraduate research
  • Hosted 5 workshops a semester on: how to discover research interests, contact principal investigators, write grants, prepare for and present presentations, apply to summer internships, and network
  • Offered 10-20 hours of appointment slots a week to meet one on one with members
  • 100+ students were able to find and/or get more integrated into their research lab
Community Service

FEEDING SOUTH FLORIDA (04/2021 - Current)

  • Volunteer 3-4 hours weekly at the warehouse and distribution centers
  • Received an award for volunteer of the month for April 2022
  • Assist with distributing donations of nutritious food from every category on the pyramid from local supermarkets
  • Work with others to inspect, organize, and assemble food donations donated from the local community into meals, at the warehouse that are sent back out to partner non-profit organizations


ADVANCING STEM COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THROUGH NEUROSCIENCE DISCOVERY (ASCEND) 05/2020 - Current

  • Prepare "brain boxes" with interactive neuroscience-related materials, that are shipped out to students in 7th grade for virtual NeuroExplorers Program to engage students in STEM-related topics
  • Visit local Title I middle schools through the MobileMinds program to provide STEM and neuroscience-related educational topics to the students during class
  • Work with the Cox Science Museum to provide educational materials and engagement for field trips and special events


BOCA RATON REGIONAL/BAPTIST HEALTH HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER 05/2016 - Current

  • Accumulated over 1000 hours total at the hospital as a volunteer
  • Received an award for Volunteer of the Month for December 2018 and was nominated for volunteer of the year
  • Greet patients and their families. Check in and verify all patient information for IV Therapy. Direct them to the designated area for treatment.
  • Observe and assist patient during treatment. Escort patient back to area to meet families after treatment.
  • Assist medical staff with various administrative duties
  • Make deliveries and run errands throughout the hospital if necessary. Help transport patients by wheelchair when discharged from the hospital. Provide comfort to patients and provide them with any resources they need. Transport blood and platelets throughout the hospital for IV Therapy


STANDARDIZED PATIENT PROGRAM 08/2018 - 05/2019

  • Provided with a script to act as a patient in a clinical simulation for exams and practicals with the medical students at Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
  • Completed around 70 hours of the program throughout the 2018-2019 term
  • Learned more about different conditions and illnesses and their associative symptoms
  • Gained the ability to better understand how to perform a clinical analysis on a patient and implement new techniques and interactions into my own approach in a clinical setting
Certifications

Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) February 2022

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Credential ID: 1220783682


CPR/AED January 2022

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Credential ID: 1220752785


Private Aircraft Pilot June 2020

American Flyers Academy/Federal Aviation Administration

Credential ID: 4383776


2nd Degree Kukkiwon Black Belt June 2013

One World Taekwondo Foundation, Inc.

Credential ID: 09311546

Presentations

June 2021 - NeuroImmune Interactions in Health and Disease

SciTalk "Serotonergic IL-1R1-dependent regulation of CNS neuronal activation following peripheral LPS"

Alaina N. Tillman, Paula A. Gajewski-Kurdziel, Ning Quan, Randy D. Blakely

June 2021 - NeuroImmune Interactions in Health and Disease

Poster presentation "Serotonergic IL-1R1-dependent regulation of CNS neuronal activation following peripheral LPS"

Alaina N. Tillman, Paula A. Gajewski-Kurdziel, Ning Quan, Randy D. Blakely

April 2020 - Florida Atlantic University 10th Undergraduate Research Symposium

Oral presentation “Investigation of Serotonergic IL-1R1 in Mediating LPS-Induced Neuronal Activation

Alaina Tillman, Paula Gajewski-Kurdziel, Randy Blakely

April 2020 - American Medical Student Association National Conference

Poster Presentation “Investigation of Sex Specific Roles of Serotonergic IL-1R1 in Mediating Immune System-Related Neuronal Activation

Alaina Tillman, Paula Gajewski-Kurdziel, Randy Blakely

August 2019 - Scripps Undergraduate Research Conferences

Poster Presentation “The Role of Serotonergic IL-1R1 in Mediating LPS-Induced Changes in Neuronal Activation

Alaina Tillman, Paula Gajewski-Kurdziel, Randy Blakely

July 2019 - John NAMBU Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Conference

Oral presentation “Investigating the Link Between the Immune System and Behavior: The Role of Serotonergic IL-1R1

Alaina Tillman, Paula Gajewski-Kurdziel, Randy Blakely

Awards
  • April 2022 - Awarded Volunteer of the Month for Feeding South Florida
  • April 2020 - 2nd Place in the Basic Sciences Category: Oral presentation on “Investigation of Serotonergic IL-1R1 in Mediating LPS-Induced Neuronal Activation” at the Florida Atlantic University 10th Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • July 2019 - Completed Internship for the John Nambu Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Dr. Randy Blakely's lab
Additional Information


  • 03/2018 - 09/2018: Shadowed Dr. John D Cantando at Palm Beach Neurosurgery for 100+ hours

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School Attended
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Atlantic University High School
Job Titles Held:
  • Research Assistant
  • Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant
Degrees
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • High School Diploma

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