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Shapiro Science Center 1-08
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Paradis Lab
Department of Biology
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Brandeis University
415 South St.
Waltham, MA 02454

Jackie McDermott

Name: Jackie McDermott

Position: PhD Candidate

Education: B.S. Hofstra University, 2012


Hometown: Taunton, MA

Personal Interests: I personally enjoy spending time with friends and family, as well as singing, teaching, baton twirling, traveling, and trying new things. Chocolate and WINE are my favorites! I also very much like meeting people, so add me on LinkedIn!

Research Interests: My project focuses on the role Class 4 Semaphorins and PlexinB Receptors in synapse formation. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the mechanism by which Sema4D and PlexinB1 signal to promote GABAergic (inhibitory) synapse development. Since a balance of excitation and inhibition is important to avoid neurological disorders, it is therefore important to understand what molecules are required and how these molecules signal for proper synapse formation. Additionally, I am interested in learning how these inhibitory synapses assemble as a whole.

If I weren't a scientist I'd be... Traveling the world!

Docherty JEB, Manno JE, McDermott JE, and DiAngelo JR. (2015) “Mio acts in the Drosophila brain to control nutrient storage and feeding.” Gene 568(2):190-5.
Sassu ED, McDermott JE, Keys BJ, Esmaeili ME, Keene AC, Birnbaum MJ, and DiAngelo JR. (2012) Mio/dChREBP Coordinately Increases Fat Mass by Regulating Lipid Synthesis and Feeding Behavior in Drosophila. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 426(1):43-8.

Favorite Quotations:
You’re never fully dressed without a smile!