Jessica Alföldi is a research scientist in the Broad Institute’s Genome Sequencing and Analysis Program, where she is part of the program’s Vertebrate Genome Biology group. In this role, she leads vertebrate genome research projects and manages studies of cancer in dogs.
Alföldi has led both the coelacanth and Anolis carolinensis (green anole lizard) genome sequencing projects, two large-scale research endeavors that involved the collaboration of dozens of international scientists. Both resulted in the publication of the full genome sequences of these important animals, and attracted media attention worldwide. Other genome projects in which she is currently participating involve the spotted gar, the rabbit, the elephant, and the ferret.
Alföldi joined the Broad in 2008, after completing her Ph.D. in the lab of David Page at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research. She had previously earned her B.Sc.H. in biochemistry at Queen’s University at Kingston in Ontario, Canada.