Jessica Robertson

I received a B.S. in Biology from the College of William and Mary, and am currently in the Biology PhD program. My PhD dissertation research focuses on communication between the reproductive and circadian systems. In females, estrogen regulates important behavioral and physiological processes, including circadian rhythms. Although the effects of estrogen of circadian rhythms are well documented, the mechanisms and neural substrates for these effects remain unknown. My research could lead to a greater understanding and improved treatments for women whose fluctuating hormone levels, such as during menopause, may cause sleep disorders. I plan on graduating in 2011.