Assistant Professor of Cancer and Development, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 questions with Jessica Esseltine
1. Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario. It is a small town, just south of London. Its claim to fame is that it was where Jumbo the Elephant died in a train accident. Visitors to St. Thomas are still greeted by a giant elephant rear end when they enter the city.
2. Where did you go to school?
I did all of my education at the University of Western Ontario in London. My undergrad degree was in genetics in the Department of Biology and then I did my PhD at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in Physiology and Pharmacology.
In my PhD I studied G protein-coupled receptors, which is somewhat different than what I’m doing now.
I did a postdoc at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, where I looked at protein kinase A and protein dynamics. I followed that up with a second postdoc back at Western, again in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, where I studied gap junctions. And that was when I discovered stem cells.
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Published May 2021.