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Jeremy R

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Duke University


Immunology, molecular genetics & genomics


Hi, my name is Jeremy. I am a 4th year Immunology Ph.D. student at Duke University School of Medicine. Prior to graduate school I received a B.S. in genomics and molecular genetics from Michigan State University. My formal education and research experience have helped me develop expertise in cellular and molecular immunology, molecular biology, genetic analysis, genetic engineering and advanced genomics techniques. My research career began as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Jenifer Fenton's nutritional immunology lab at Michigan State University where I worked for four years. Following graduation, I moved to the wilds of eastern Maine to join the research group of Dr. Dave Serreze at The Jackson Laboratory. During my time in Maine I learned how to design and conduct genetic experiments to study the autoimmune disease, Type 1 Diabetes. Through these studies I gained extensive experience in utilizing CRISPR-based genome editing to create genetically engineered mouse models. Aside, from my passion for the sciences I enjoy a number of hobbies. I truly love cooking and exploring food. Given the opportunity I will try eating and cooking just about any food imaginable. During the warmer months, whenever I have the chance I love to golf. I also have developed a deep interest in wood working, specifically creating live edge wood furniture. During the COVID lockdowns I turned into somewhat of an at-home horticulturist, collecting nearly one hundred rare and exotic house plants. Most of all I love spending free time with my family.

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.

The mammalian immune landscape - one cell at a time

The advent of genomic tools has unequivocally changed our fundamental understanding of biology. Recent technological advances have allowed us to peer ever deeper into the complexities of life, exploring genomic landscapes at the level of individual cells. These single cell techniques have yielded countless novel insights into how our bodies develop and function. Study of the immune system remains a ripe area for exploration using these techniques. In this project, you will learn the basics of experimental design, data generation and analysis in single cell genomic assays. We will begin by covering the foundations of these technologies before moving onto analyzing real world data. Based on your particular interests we will identify a question that can be answered through re-analysis of existing data. There are thousands of published datasets which can be used so the scope of this project is likely limitless. Following identification of the specific research question we will work to develop this into an essay or scientific manuscript.

Coding skills


Teaching experience

During high school I began by teaching the hands-on portion of a phlebotomy class through MedRight, Inc. (Troy, MI). As an undergraduate student I served as dry lab instructor and TA for microbial genomics. In graduate school I have served as TA for Principles of Immunology (intro immunology, 2018) and TA/ Instructor for Pillars of Immunology (2019-2020). Additionally, during my graduate training I have mentored four rotation students and one visiting undergraduate scholar.


Work experience

The Jackson Laboratory (2014 - 2017)
Research Assistant
Duke University (2018 - Current)
PhD Candidate
Michigan State University (2010 - 2014)
Undergraduate Research Assistant


Michigan State University
BS Bachelor of Science (2014)
Genomics and Molecular Genetics
Duke University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

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