Jenny studied the effects of harmful algal bloom (HAB) toxins on the developing nervous system. Exposure to HAB toxins occur mainly through eating contaminated seafood. While there are regulations that exist to prevent exposure to high doses, seafood is still harvested and consumed with measurable levels of toxins. Using zebrafish, Jenny aimed to identify potential mechanisms by which low doses of the harmful algal bloom toxin, domoic acid can affect circuit formation and behavioral responses. To accomplish this, she used zebrafish as tool to track neurons during development and record whole brain neural activity in living larvae.
Jenny’s work is part of the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health (WHCOOH)
Jenny is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Burgess Lab at the National Institutes of Health.