As the Academy’s remote member in Boston, Jessica is a consummate dabbler who strives for personal well-roundedness and fulfillment of one’s highest potential.  She received her PhD in Neuroscience in 2015 from Northwestern University, where she currently studies how neurotransmitters affect human movement in health and disease. Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Neurophysiology, and she is also an award-winning science educator. She has a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo, is an Assistant Instructor in Martial Blade Concepts (which adapts Filipino martial arts to the street-legal use of knives in self-defense), teaches Yang-style Tai Chi and holds the rank of 1-kyuu in Japanese Naginata after studying for 14 months in Osaka, Japan. She has also messed around with muay thai, kali/escrima, and assorted weapons including the bowie knife and tomahawk. She took etiquette classes at one point, but swears like a sailor.