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
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
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
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
National Association of Science Writers
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
• 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.