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Jacqueline M

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at University of California San Diego (UCSD)


sensory neuroscience (somatosensation), tactile hypersensitivity, social isolation, internal states, stress, anxiety


Hello all, my name is Jacqueline (Jacky) and I am currently a graduate student in the Neurosciences program at the University of California, San Diego. I am originally from the east coast, growing up in the Boston area and attending college at a small liberal arts college called Emmanuel. I acted as an undergraduate researcher at Harvard Medical School, and spent two years after college as a research technician at Massachusetts General Hospital. My scientific interests fall into the field of sensory neuroscience, and I am curious about how sensory information around us influences behavior. Outside of lab, I am an avid reader (I love a good mystery) and I love to go hiking and rock climbing with my rescue dog. I also love small animals, and I have 4 guinea pigs at home. I am excited to get involved with Polygence to chat with future scientists about their interests and the journey of how to begin a career in research.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

How does aberrant sensory reactivity change our behavior?

Our senses are so powerful, and they can change the way we navigate through the world. When senses are hyper or hyposensitive, how does this affect us? Students may select a specific sensory pathway they are interested in and examine how it is disrupted in a number of conditions, such as neurodevelopmental disorders.

Coding skills

introductory python and MatLab

Teaching experience

In my previous position as a research technician at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, I assisted in the training and co-mentoring of new undergraduate student researchers and technicians. This was primarily wet-lab based guidance, with a focus on the principles behind the techniques I was teaching.


Work experience

Massachusetts General Hospital (2019 - 2020)
Research Assistant
Harvard Medical School (2016 - 2019)
Research Assistant


Emmanuel College
BS Bachelor of Science (2018)
University of California San Diego (UCSD)
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

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