Jamie Neal

Jamie Neal headshot
Neal
Jamie

Building 50, Room 4310

Bethesda, MD 20892

Biography

Jamie Neal graduated from Barrett, The Honor College at Arizona State University (ASU) in 2019 with a degree in Global Health. While at ASU, she worked at the Biodesign Institute in the lab of Molecular Design and Biomimetics, which focused on controlling enzyme interactions using DNA origami. She also conducted research in the areas of water insecurity, obesogenicity, and the health disparities of Pacific Islanders and American Indians/Alaskan Natives through the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Outside of research, Jamie worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for three years in the state of Arizona. She also co-founded the non-profit Sexual Assault Forensics and Education (SAFE).

After completing her degree, Jamie began a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the NIBIB under Dr. Cartagena-Rivera. Her project is focused on determining the changes in mechanical properties of cancerous cells as they increase in metastatic potential with the goal of correlating these changes in mechanics to actomyosin cortical protein activity. In addition to her work in biomechanics, Jamie is also a fellow with the NIH Academy, a program designed to educate student researchers on health disparities through roundtable discussions with public health experts and the establishment of a community outreach project. Her project focuses on increasing the cultural awareness of screening practices and resource recommendations for victims of intimate partner violence.