Laboratory Safety Specialist
Jay received both his Master of Science degree in biology in 2009 and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 2004 from the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks North Dakota. While at UND he participated in research on a variety of organisms including: mosquitoes, ticks, digenean flukes, and Neorickettsia spp. bacteria.
In 2010 Jay joined the Great Lakes Regional Center for Excellence/Howard Taylor Ricketts Laboratory at University of Chicago. There he developed the aerobiology program to aerosol challenge small animals with Select Agent pathogens. Based on the SOPs developed and the preliminary data generated using non Select Agent bacteria the CDC granted approval to use Select Agents in the aerobiology program in 2012. Jay also participated in other select agent research while at the GLRCE including studies on Yersinia pestis the causative agent of plague and Bacillus anthracis the causative agent of anthrax disease.
In 2012 Jay joined the lab of Dr. Wyndham Lathem at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine in the department of microbiology and immunology. There he managed the Select Agent Yersinia pestis lab and participated in research into the role of the Y. pesits pla protease in the manipulation of the host fibrinolysis pathway.
In 2016 Jay joined the University of Chicago Office of Research Safety in the role of Laboratory Safety Specialist for the Biological Sciences Division. He interacts with the Biosafety Officers, the Chemical Safety Officers, the Radiation Safety Office as well as Principal Investigators, and laboratory staff to promote a culture of safety at the University of Chicago. As well, Jay provides input into University-wide research safety standards, policies, and procedures in addition to providing input on the allocation of roles and responsibilities for research safety between the Office of Research Safety and the divisional Laboratory Safety Specialists.