Jessica Bullins

Jessica Bullins


I graduated summa cum laude with my BS in Biology from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC in 2013. During my undergraduate career I worked at Wake Forest University to complete my honors thesis studying the neural circuitry underlying eating behavior in older adults using fMRI. I came to UNC as a member of BBSP following college and joined the lab of Dr. John Gilmore in May of 2014 where I now study neurodevelopment using multi-modal MRI techniques. 


My work in the Gilmore Lab focuses on understanding the trajectories of neurodevelopment in typically developing children and those at risk for neuropsychiatric disorders. I use sMRI, fMRI, and DTI to comprehensively study how the brain grows both structurally and functionally from birth to 2 years of age. Our goals are to characterize normal patterns of development and to determine early biomarkers of disease in hopes to identify critical developmental time points which may be suitable for interventions. 



Neurobiology Training Grant, 2014-2015
Neurobiology Peer Mentor Coordinator, 2014-2015
Pierre Morrell Research Day Committee, 2013, 2014, 2015
Women in Science Committee, 2014-Present
Neurobiology Student Speaker Committee, 2014, 2015
Science Outreach: Brain Day, Durham Museum of Life and Sciences, 2013

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