Jay is originally from New York, New York and is currently a sophomore at Duke studying Biophysics and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminism. His research background includes structural and molecular biology research at Stony Brook University, immunology research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, biomedical engineering research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and evolutionary genomics research in the Evolutionary Anthropology department at Duke. After graduation, Jay plans to complete an M.D. Ph.D. to pursue his interests in human fertility and reproductive science. He works with Kacy Gordon to investigate intercellular interactions between the germline and its somatic niche that mediate germ cell differentiation and gametogenesis. Outside of the lab, Jay enjoys performing and composing music, cooking, and participating in social activism.