Although a native Texan and graduate of Texas A&M University, Jessica pursued her secondary training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. There, she specialized in vascular and coagulation biology under the mentorship of Frank Church, PhD studying age-related factors that contribute to the risk of venous thromboembolism. For her postdoctoral fellowship, Jessica moved into translational research in acquired bleeding disorders in the lab of Charles Wade, PhD and John Holcomb, MD. She permanently joined the surgery department and CeTIR as an assistant professor in 2017. Jessica studies all things related to hemostasis and vascular function in trauma patients. Specifically, she focuses on molecular mechanisms that drive trauma-induced coagulopathy and subsequent thromboembolic complications and vascular endothelial responses to resuscitation fluids.