Jillian joined the Cure Alzheimer’s team in September of 2018 as a Science Communicator. She fell in love with the brain as an undergraduate at Vassar College reading the case-studies of famed neurologist, Dr. Oliver Sacks. Jillian’s received her PhD from the University of Southern California and post-doctoral training at Stanford University. As a molecular neurobiologist, Jillian’s doctoral research explored a role for the Down Syndrome critical region 1 gene in ameliorating axonal transport defects and memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease. She brings to the team experience as the reviews editor at the neuroscience research journal Neuron and completion of the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Columbia University. When she is not reading about the brain, Jillian is an avid rock climber whose travels have taken her to peaks in Norway, Peru, Yosemite, and Wyoming.