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Jessie Guinn's Spotlight

Jessie Guinn ('11)

Jessie Guinn


Graduate Program of Study: Biological Sciences-Physiology
Degree: PhD
Graduation Date: December 2011
Areas of Research: Circadian Rhythms, Neurobiology of Associative Learning
Hometown: Houston, TX
Current Employment: Postdoctoral Fellow with the Disterhoft Group at the Northwestern University of Feinberg School of Medicine

Obtaining a doctorate degree is Jessie Guinn’s proudest academic accomplishments. Even though it seemed impossible at times, his passion for biology impelled Jessie to earn a PhD in Biological Sciences-Physiology in December 2011. Jessie became acquainted with Kent State University through his nomination to participate in the KSU McNair Scholars Program. During the duration of the summer program, Jessie worked with Dr. J. David Glass, who eventually encouraged Jessie to apply to Kent State.

Jessie’s future aspirations involve teaching and attaining a position in higher education administration. “Teaching is a passion of mine and remaining engaged with students in that capacity would be greatly fulfilling to me,” Jessie stated.

Jessie assures that his degree from Kent State University prepared him for his position at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In fact, Jessie exclaimed, “KSU prepared me with its very capable team of faculty members in the Biological Sciences department.  I learned a multitude of ideas, concepts and critical thinking skills from Dr. Eric M. Mintz, Dr. Sean L. Veney and Dr. Jennifer Marcinkiewicz.” One of his favorite aspects of graduate school was his laboratory teaching. Specifically, Jessie’s ability to help undergraduate students comprehend biological concepts and take pride in their lab work was deemed rewarding.

Jessie acknowledges his mentor Dr. J. David Glass for his support. “I sincerely thank him for the honor of his mentorship, giving me a chance, being patient with me and seeing me through to the end of the doctoral process,” Jessie stated.

Spending time with family along with attending theatre performances are some of Jessie’s hobbies. He wishes to provide the following advice to new graduate students: “Graduate study is a process that is rewarding, can be stressful and requires a great deal of dedication.  Just remember the old adage ‘Nothing worth having comes easy.’”