Jennifer Bussell, Ph.D.

Jennifer received her A.B. from the University of Chicago, where she worked in the human genetics lab of Bruce Lahn. She then worked in the private sector as a management consultant to the biotechnology industry at ZS Associates. As a graduate student in Leslie Vosshall’s laboratory at the Rockefeller University, Jen investigated neural circuits for the female fly mating drive and identified the first group of neurons responsible for a particular aspect of female receptivity in the complex courtship behavior of Drosophila. In the Axel lab, Jen is studying neural circuits for information seeking. She has designed the first test of whether mice desire to know what’s going to happen, even if it gives them no tangible advantage, and is now trying to uncover the neural circuits behind that drive.

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