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Jill A. Sakai







     University of Wisconsin-Madison, Neuroscience Training Program

     Ph.D., Neuroscience, expected December 2006

Advisor: Mary Halloran, Ph.D.


     University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

B.S., Biological Sciences with concentration in Neuroscience, May 1999


Writing Experience

     AAAS Mass Media Fellow, Richmond Times-Dispatch science reporting intern

     Richmond, Virginia, June-August 2006


     Student, Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop

     Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 2006


     Independent Contractor, Clinical Care Options, LLC; continuing medical education

     February 2006-present


     Independent Contractor for Emma Hitt, Ph.D., freelance medical writer

     November 2005-March 2006


Writer for HHMI “Ask a Scientist” web-based science education program

     October 2005-present


Research Experience

     HHMI Predoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Mary Halloran, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Neuroscience Training Program, September 2000-present

Axon guidance functions of Semaphorin3D during zebrafish nervous system development


     Biologist, Laboratory of Steve Jacobson, Ph.D.

Neuroimmunology Branch, NINDS, NIH, September 1999-July 2000

Spontaneous proliferation of lymphocytes in patients with Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus-I


     Summer Student Fellow, Laboratory of Mark Hahn, Ph.D.

     Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, June-September 1999

     Characterization of the lamprey aryl hydrocarbon receptor


     Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Laboratory of David Holtzman, Ph.D.

University of Rochester, September 1997-May 1999

Proliferation in the regenerating vomeronasal epithelium in garter snakes following nerve lesion


     Summer Undergraduate Researcher, Laboratory of Esther Gardner, Ph.D.

     New York University School of Medicine, June-August 1998

     Changes in rhesus macaque hand grip shape during a prehension task


     Summer Undergraduate Researcher, Laboratory of Ellengene Peterson, Ph.D.

     Ohio University, June-August 1997

     Identification of brain areas involved in vestibular and visual sensory integration in turtle


Mentoring and Teaching Experience

     Mentor for Eagle Middle School science mentoring program

     Madison, Wisconsin, January-April 2005


     Mentor for Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship recipient senior honors thesis

UW-Madison, January 2003-May 2005


Instructor, PEOPLE precollege enrichment program, week-long biomedical health unit

UW-Madison, June 2001, June of 2003-2005


     Community and local school outreach programs

Madison, Wisconsin, October 2001-present


     Laboratory Teaching Assistant, Neurobiology Lab

University of Rochester, January-May 1999


     Workshop Leader, Organic Chemistry

University of Rochester, August-December 1997


     Teaching Assistant, Human Genetics and Evolution

University of Rochester, August-December 1996


Professional Affiliation

     National Association of Science Writers


Academic Honors

HHMI Predoctoral Fellowship, 2001-present

NSF Predoctoral Fellowship (declined), 2001

UW-Madison Graduate School University Fellowship, 2000

Phi Beta Kappa, Iota Chapter, inducted May 1999

Graduated Magna cum Laude with Distinction in Research, May 1999

Golden Key National Honor Society, 1998

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, 1998


Academic Publications

   Sakai, J.A. and M.C. Halloran. 2006. Semaphorin3D guides laterality of retinal ganglion cell projections in zebrafish. Development 133(6): 1035-1044.


   Sakai, J.A., M. Nagai, M.B. Brennan, C.A. Mora, and S. Jacobson. 2001. In vitro spontaneous lymphoproliferation in patients with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I-associated neurologic disease: predominant expansion of CD8+ cells. Blood 98(5): 1506-1511.


   Nagai, M., M.B. Brennan, J.A. Sakai, C.A. Mora, and S. Jacobson. 2001. CD8+ T cells are an in vivo reservoir for human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I. Blood 98(6): 1858-1861.


   Debowy, D.J., K.S. Babu, E.H. Hu, M. Natiello, S. Reitzen, M. Chu, J. Sakai, and E.P. Gardner. 2001. New applications of digital video technology for neurophysiological studies of hand function. In R.J. Nelson (ed.), The Somatosensory System: Deciphering the Brain's Own Body Image, CRC Press LLC: Boca Raton, FL.