When she teaches undergraduate biology students, Jessica follows the example set by her Saint Anselm professors. As a senior, she collaborated with her professors on research related to the development of breast tumors. Their contagious excitement about research, their patient mentoring, and their sincere interest in her academic development inspired and motivated her to pursue a teaching career.
After completing her doctorate in biochemistry and molecular pharmacology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she began teaching as a visiting assistant professor at Misericordia University. She joined the faculty of Western New England College in 2010 and teaches courses in general biology, cell biology, and genomics.