Jenna Frick is a 2019-2023 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Frick received a B.A. (2015) in chemistry and a license in secondary education from Washburn University, Topeka, KS. Realizing her interest in science and education, Frick taught chemistry and biology at Blue Valley North high school from 2015-2018 before pursuing graduate school. Frick’s Ph.D. research focuses on early life stress induced co-morbid disorders. Exposure to stress early in life has been associated with adult-onset co-morbidities such as chronic pain, obesity-related metabolic disorder, and inactivity. Frick hopes to explore possible underlying mechanisms for increased weight gain and sensitivity associated with stress and diet. Due to her experience as both a student and a teacher, Frick is passionate about improving the quality of science education and hopes to earn a faculty position upon completion of her Ph.D.
Mentor: Julie Christianson, Associate Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology