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Jessica Hayward


Jess Hayward is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University. Her primary research interest is molecular evolution, and dogs provide a perfect model organism for studying evolutionary processes, such as artificial selection versus natural selection.

Jess obtained her MSc and PhD from The University of Auckland, New Zealand, before moving to the U.S. in 2009 to work as a Postdoctoral Associate at The Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell University. Although her research has previously focused on the evolution of viruses, namely Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Canine Influenza Virus, Jess is excited about her shift into canine genetics and genomics.

Huckleberry Finn

Jess recently became co-owner of a golden retriever named Huckleberry Finn - who loves water and eating sticks.