PhD in Cellular Biology & Anatomy Student Profile

MEET Jessica Pierce

PhD In Cellular Biology & Anatomy

Jessica in lab pipetting

Jessica Pierce

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Mentor: Meghan McGee-Lawrence, PhD
Area of Research: Molecular mechanisms underlying osteoporosis, with a focus on the epigenetic regulator histone deacetylase 3 (Hdac3) and its co-factors

Favorite AU memory:

My favorite memories at AU are probably the ones where I developed new friendships with people from different backgrounds and walks of life—it is very difficult to choose just one! I appreciate all of the social gatherings through the BSA, the class outings we have had through the years, the supportive study session groups, and the networking opportunities at Graduate Research Day and Professional Workshops with TGS. It is important to establish good working relationships in order to succeed in graduate school, and it is equally important to find time for fun.

Selected Accomplishments:

My involvement with the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) has allowed me to grow as a researcher and achieve recognition in the field. In my three years as an ASBMR conference attendee, I have presented two plenary posters and one oral presentation. I have also been awarded two travel grants and one Young Investigator Award (2017) from ASBMR. With the guidance of my mentor and the help of collaborators, I have published in journals such as Bone, the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, the Journal of Cellular Physiology, and Calcified Tissue International.


As a Studio Art minor and lifelong art enthusiast, I gravitate towards anything visually appealing and creative. I enjoy going to art festivals and markets, visiting museums, and workshops for crafting activities. More recently, I have started teaching myself photography and videography, digital design, and makeup artistry to push my creative limits. I also spend time enjoying movies and visiting new restaurants to satisfy my “inner foodie.”