Jessica Hill Jessica completed her Hons. Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto and University College London in 2014. In 2015, she spent a year researching influenza at the University of Edinburgh before obtaining her MSc. in Microbiology and Immunology at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, UWO, Canada. Her MSc. specialized in HIV vaccine development and human Adenovirus. Jessica began her PhD with Dr. Sarah Richardson and Prof. Noel Morgan in 2017, investigating the link between human Enterovirus infections and the development of type 1 diabetes.
Jessica is originally from London, Ontario, Canada, a city known for being the ''the Birthplace of Insulin,'' where Sir Frederick Banting first developed the idea of insulin before developing it with his colleagues Dr. Charles Best and James Collip. The Flame of Hope stands in London, Ontario beside Banting House as a tribute to the people who have lost their lives to diabetes. It will remain lit until there is a cure. The team responsible for finding the cure will have the honour of extinguishing the flame.
Q. What does a “day in the life of” look like for you?
I start my day by preparing for upcoming experiments, and then I embark on my research in the laboratory. Evenings are spent reading about current and future topics in diabetes research and virology.
Q. What made you want to work in your current job?
I find viruses absolutely fascinating and I believe that they can tell us a lot about the biological pathways that operate within our own bodies. I am interested in studying how viral infections can cause type 1 diabetes and the cellular mechanisms viruses target in order to survive and replicate within human beta cells.
Q. When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?
When I am not in the lab, I like to explore the countryside. I also enjoy looking for fossils and minerals along the UK coastlines.