Jennifer Marie Deger is an MD/PhD student at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). Jennifer earned her BSA in Neuroscience from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017. She then worked as a research technician with Juan Botas, where she discovered her love for flies. She matriculated to BCM in 2018 and joined the Laboratory for Integrative Functional Genomics Shulman and Bellen labs in 2021. Her project employs Drosophila models to follow-up leading targets from the Alzheimer's disease Sequencing Project and unravel mechanisms of neurodegeneration. She is particularly interested in exploring the contribution of glia and the blood-brain barrier to disease pathogenesis, and applying insights to help patients.