Born and raised in Boston, MA, I’m very proud to call Atlanta my new home. In college, I majored in Biology and minored in Africa in the New World at Tufts University. After college, I spent two years as a high school science teacher. I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Global Environmental Public Health at Emory University with a focus on Maternal and Child Health. During my time in the MPH program, I worked at the CDC in the Health Studies Branch of the National Center for Environmental Health, where I assessed maternal exposure to perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Additionally, I worked in the labs of Dr. Charles Easley and Dr. Michael Caudle to investigate the reproductive toxicity of PFAS using an in vitro human spermatogenesis stem cell model.
After I completed my MPH, I entered the PhD program in Environmental Health Sciences at Emory. I am interested in circadian rhythm biology and how light and circadian rhythm disruption impacts human development and health. Within the Marsit lab, I am exploring how shift work and season of birth affects the epigenetic landscape.
Besides research, I love hiking, camping, cycling, and spending lots of time outdoors. I also have fun cooking with my partner and painting watercolors.
Jesse Tehrani, PhD Emory GMB
I grew up in Welcome, North Carolina before moving to Raleigh to study molecular biology at NC State University. At NCSU I became interested in genetics and developmental biology as I studied how endocrine disrupting compounds influence imprinted gene expression during early development. Prior to attending graduate school, I interned at Biogen working to develop product safety assays using long read high-throughput sequencing technology, such as the Nanopore MinION.
I joined the Genetics and Molecular Biology PhD program at Emory in 2018. I am interested in how in utero environments influence offspring health and development. In the Marsit lab I am currently investigating associations between familial cardiovascular disease and expression of fetoplacental miRNAs.
Outside of research, I enjoy cooking, playing video games and drinking excessive amounts of iced coffee.