Anderson Lab at The Ohio State University

Jessica M. Mates, PhD
Research Scientist

473 West 12th Avenue
Room # 12K, Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute,
The Ohio State University, College of Medicine
Columbus, OH 43210
Tel: 614 247 7654(Lab)


June 2014 - Present Postdoctoral Fellow, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine (Division of Immunology)
July 2009 - May 2014 Graduate Teaching Associate
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Microbial Infection and Immunity; Mentor: Dr. Jesse Kwiek,
Dissertation: Transcriptional Regulation of HIV-1
July 2006 - May 2008 Head Clerical Assistant for the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Responsibilities: Scheduling clerical assistants, maintaining office correspondence, organization of office filing, managing phone lines, and noting key concepts during official meetings.
April 2007 - April 2008 Undergraduate Research Academy
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Mentor: Dr. Vance McCracken
Grant: Effects of Helicobacter canadensis on the inflammatory response of human intestinal epithelial cell lines


May 2014 The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Doctorate of Microbiology
2004 - 2008 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL
Bachelor of Arts: Medical Science with chemistry and psychology minors


June 2014 T32 Postdoctoral Training Award
April 2013 CMIB Travel Award; 1st place poster presentation
February 2012 Mirius Research Award
April 2007 Undergraduate Research Academy Fellowship


2014 Natural and Mathematical Sciences Poster Presentation Judging
2013 Generation Rx Laboratory, Center of Science and Industry – Columbus
2013 Association for Women in Science and American Society for Microbiology
2012 Microbiology Graduate Studies Committee
2010 Microbiology Graduate Admissions Committee
2010 Hilltonia Science Outreach Program
2007 Science Fair Judge
2006 Phi Eta Sigma Honorary Society
2006 Order of Omega Honorary Society
2005 Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority
2005 Chemistry Workshop Leader
2003, 2007 Big Brother Big Sisters


Graduate Students: Jenna Antonucci Microbiology 2014, The Ohio State University
UnderGraduate Students: Megan Reifenberg, Zac Bittinger


Assay Development and Execution: Expert in assay optimization, cell culturing, placental cell differentiation, PMA-differentiation of monocytes, Western blotting, electrophoretic mobility shift assay, flow cytometry, ELISA, cell extraction and protein quantification, polymerase chain reaction, RT-PCR, restriction digest, bacterial enumeration, agarose gel extraction, SDS page, bacterial cloning, luciferase assay (transfection), plasmid preparation, viral RNA extraction, cDNA development, siRNA knockdowns, viral culture propagation and maintenance, drug toxicity assays, monocyte differentiation, reverse transcriptase assays, and cellular toxicity/viability assays.

Software: Proficient in Macintosh, PC, typing 50+ wpm, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, iWork Numbers, iWork Pages, iWork Keynote, Prism, Geneious sequence management, Adobe Photoshop, Endnote, Bookends, and Genbank database.

Outreach: Experienced in developing teaching content, teaching a diverse audience, leading hands-on experiments, reviewing safety protocols, creating and maintaining lesson plans, aiding student understanding through classroom discussion and mentorship, presenting scientific concepts through online presentation and videos, organizing group work, and evaluating experimental teaching proficiency.

Professional: Skilled in management of files/materials, encouraging development of others, scheduling various meetings and agendas, communication with students and professionals, creation of project timelines, and timely completion of required tasks and projects.


  1. Mates JM, Kumar SB, Bazan J, Voronkin I, Handelman S, Mefford M, Ackerman IV W, Janies D, and Kwiek JJ. Genotypic and phenotypic heterogeneity in the U3R region of HIV-1 subtype C. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses. 29, 00 (2013).



  1. Mates JM, De Silva S, Lustberg M, Van Deusen K, Baiocchi R, Wu L, Kwiek JJ. Reactivation of HIV-1 from Chronically Infected Cells using Novel Histone Deacetylase, AR-42. In Preperation.
  2. Mates JM, Handelman S, Kumar SB, Bazan J, Mwapasa V, Kwiek JJ. Naturally occurring HIV-1 enhancer variants from a single mother-infant pair respond divergently to immune activation. In Preparation.
  3. Mates JM, Mates JM, Kulkarni M, Kwiek JJ. Effects of Phosphoriboimidazole carboxylase knockdown on HIV-1 replication. In Preparation.



Oral Presentations

  • Transcriptional Regulation of HIV-1, Dissertation Seminar, March 21st 2014, Columbus, OH
  • Microbiology Seminar, September 16th, 2013, Columbus, OH
  • Center for Microbial Interface Biology Seminar, February 4th, 2013, Columbus, OH
  • Microbiology Seminar, October 18th, 2012, Columbus, OH
  • Retrovirus Seminar, October 4th, 2012, Columbus, OH
  • Retrovirus Seminar, October 4th, 2012, Columbus, OH
  • Microbiology Graduate Symposium, September 16th 2011, Columbus, OH
  • Center for Microbial Interface Biology Seminar, May 16th 2011, Columbus, OH
  • Microbiology Graduate Symposium, September 23rd 2010, Columbus, OH
  • Microbiology Graduate Symposium, September 11th 2009, Columbus, OH

Abstract and Poster Presentations

  • Ohio State University Medical Center Research Day, April 10th 2014, Columbus, OH
  • Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Disease Annual Meeting, May 31st 2013, Columbus, OH
  • Center for Microbial Interface Biology Research Retreat, April 18-19th 2013, Columbus, OH
  • Global Health and Infectious Disease: Tropical and Geographical Disease, April 12th 2013, St. Louis, MO
  • Center for Microbial Interface Biology Research Retreat, September 8-9th 2011, Columbus, OH
  • 36th Annual Conference on Retrovirology, May 23-28th 2010, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
  • Center for Microbial Interface Biology Retreat, March 17-18th 2010, Columbus, OH
  • Undergraduate Research Academy Symposium, April 17th 2008, Edwardsville, IL

Conferences Attended

  • BioOhio, November 4th 2013, Columbus, OH



2013 Generation Rx Laboratory, Center of Science and Industry-Columbus
Led COSI visitors in hands-on experiments that apply pharmacology as a context to effectively teach science to a diverse set of individuals. Consulted guardians on safety procedures, prepared supplies, and demoed experimental protocols in a team-oriented setting. Example experiments: (1) “Germinator!”: Develop your own hand sanitizer and test it using germs collected from your own hands (2) “Salicylate Sleuths!”: Discover products lurking in your own home that may contain the medicine, salicylate (3) “Frenzied Fleas!”: Test the effects of caffeine and sleeping pills on the heart rate of a water flea (4) “Cabbage Patch Chemistry!”: Treat a patient’s heartburn by using cabbage juice to detect acidic culprits and basic cures!
2010 Hilltonia Science Outreach Program
Demonstrated scientific concepts to classrooms (grades 4-6) ranging from chemistry to astronomy. Guided scientific demonstrations, lesson plans, and classroom discussion to aid in student understanding.
2008 - 2013 Microbiology Lab, The Ohio State University
Instructed 30+ students per class in hands-on experiments introducing fundamental microbiological principles and techniques; emphasized use of selective and differential media to distinguish unknown bacteria. Prepared and graded assignments, maintained grade records, developed and reformed student curriculum, mentored novice teaching associates, and organized group work for students.
2011 - 2013 Virology Recitation, The Ohio State University
Introduced basic principles of virology emphasizing structure, protein function, effects on host, and replication strategies of both RNA and DNA viruses to 60+. Prepared weekly recitation and study sessions in addition to grading of student examinations.
Winter 2009 Biology 101: Center for Life Sciences Education
Taught the nature and history of scientific study, organismal diversity, evolution, ecology, genetics, production, cell structure and function, and scientific literacy to two classes of 24 non-biology major undergraduates. Presented pertinent information for laboratory exercises and implemented additional assignments on a weekly basis.



Room 012k Heart and Lung Institute (HLRI)
473 West Twelfth Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1228
Office: 614-247-7650
Lab: 614-247-7654

Fax: 614-247-7669