Hi – I am Jessica Schoenherr and I am from Wyoming, Michigan. I majored in Biology with an emphasis in genetics and molecular biology (in the land before the CMB major) at Grand Valley State University. I have a chemistry minor since my advisor forced me to take analytical chemistry and considering I didn’t want to take any more chemistry until I decided to get a science degree I ended up with a general business minor. I worked with Dr. Wallar for about a year and a half researching the intramolecular interactions within Diaphanous-related Formins and was lucky enough to go to San Diego for the annual ASBMB meeting and to publish my first paper.
I started at Purdue in 2005 and after 4 rotations in very different labs (plant, mammalian, yeast and drosophila) I decided to work in Dr. Clemens lab working with a tyrosine kinase called Ack and its role in neuronal growth cone guidance. Secretly, however, I wanted to work on something related to cancer and cell movement (undergraduate work) and what do you know Ack may also have a role in programmed cell death in cancer cells. Currently, I am using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system to study Ack’s role in preventing cell death. Overall, I would like to figure out what pathways Ack is involved in and why Ack has an anti-apoptotic influence when death inducing genes are activated. Outside of lab I tend to be very social and up for most anything. I am our biochemistry slow pitch softball team coach and also enjoy sailing, bowling and basically any other sport or outdoor activity.
2007-2008: Teaching Assistant, Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University. BCHM 307: Biochemistry for Non-majors – Grading, study sessions and office hoursSpring 2007 and Spring 2008
2009: LCME 505: Medical Biochemistry Laboratory – Lab procedure organization, lab setup and clean up. Helped with questions during the laboratory and grading of lab reports.Spring 2009
Clubs, Committees and Affiliations
2009: Purdue University, Biochemistry Representative – Purdue Graduate Student Senate2009: Purdue University, Graduate Student Job Fair Committee 2008: Purdue Biochemistry, Graduate Recruitment Committee 2007: Purdue Biochemistry, Research Retreat Committee 2004-Present: American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology2004-2005: President, Grand Valley Chapter of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Fraser, C.M., Thompson, M.G., Shirley, A.M., Ralph, J., Schoenherr, J.A., Sinlapadech, T., Hall, M.C., Chapple, C. (2007) Related Arabidopsis Serine Carboxypeptidase-Like Sinapoylglucose Acyltransferases Display Distinct But Overlapping Substrate Specificities. Plant Physiology 144, 1986-1999
Waller, B.J, Stropich, B.N., Schoenherr, J.A., Holman, H.A., Kitchen, S.M., Alberts, A.S. (2005) The Basic Region of the Diaphanous-autoregulatory Domain (DAD) Is Required for Autoregulatory Interactions with the Diaphanous-related Formin Inhibitory Domain. JBC 281, 4300-4307.
Left: Dr. Hall, myself, Paul South (graduate student) and Adam Henry (Undergraduate Student) participated in the 14th Annual River City Triathlon in Logansport, IN.
Right: Zhen, myself, Michelle and Andrew enjoy a day at Dr. Clemens cabin where we got to shoot different types of guns.