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Jenny Cabotage

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Graduate MS
Evolution, Evolutionary Anthropology, Behavioral Ecology, Primatology, Life History, Modeling and Simulation
Population genetics of naturally hybridizing howler monkey species (previously); the genetic mechanisms of FSHD (facioscapulohumeral dystrophy) (previously); evaluating the Kachel et al. 2010 model for the evolution of menopause in humans (on hold)
I am an evolutionary anthropology graduate student who is interested in developing agent-based models in order to better understand life history evolution in humans and other primates. I have a strong background in evolutionary biology and anthropology, and am starting to trespass into mathematical biology. I am interested in finding mentors and possibly computer science collaborators that would like to get involved in this type of project.

I am also deeply interested in science communication and education, and am always looking to get involved in initiatives for public communication. I am currently a contributing member to the UNM Bio Blog:
Beverly Rathcke, Liliana Cortes-Ortiz, Keith Hunley, Zarin Machanda
University of New Mexico Program in Interdisciplinary Biological and Biomedical Sciences Fellowship; Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research; multiple University of New Mexico scholarships and research funding grants
Non-Scientific Interests:
writing, sci fi and fantasy, reading, writing, music, movies, video games, food, trying new restaurants with my fiancee, spoiling my dog, planning my wedding
Education History
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA
8/2002 - 5/2006
BS in Biology
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM USA
8/2008 - 0/0
Evolutionary Anthropology
Description of Work:
Currently pursuing MS, intending to enter PhD candidacy
Work History
Children's National Medical Center
Washington, DC USA
6/2007 - 8/2008
Research Assistant
Description of Work:
Worked to describe the genetic mechanisms of FSHD (facioscapulohumeral dystrophy) by maintaining, expanding, and experimenting with a line of transgenic mice with inducible over-expression of Pitx1 in their skeletal muscles.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA
8/2005 - 8/2006
Research Assistant
Description of Work:
Assisted in describing the population genetics of two species of naturally hybridizing howler monkeys, and worked to identify several unique microsatellite alleles for the study species.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA
1/2005 - 8/2005
Research Assistant
Description of Work:
Assisted in determining the phylogeny of aquatic cone snail species using conotoxin (venom) genes
Sachchida N. Pandey, Jennifer Cabotage, Rongye Shi, Manjusha Dixit, Margret Sutherland, Jian Liu, Stephanie Muger, Scott Q. Harper, Kanneboyina Nagaraju, and Yi-Wen Chen. 2012. Conditional over-expression of PITX1 causes skeletal muscle dystrophy in mice.Biology OPen. 1:629-639
L. Cortes-Ortiz, E. Mondragon, J. Cabotage. 2009. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci for the study of Mexican howler monkeys, their natural hybrids, and other Neotropical primates..Conservation Genetics Resources. 0: