Dr. Jedy C

Research Mentor

Jedy takes an open and inclusive approach with her students, partnering with them to define their research and professional paths, guiding them through graduate programs in science, medicine, and biotechnology, and ultimately preparing them for the best-fit opportunities that advance their education and future careers.

West Springfield, Massachusetts

Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Plant Biology Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst
MSc., Biology, East Tennessee State University
BSc., Microbiology, University of Zambia

Dr. Jedy C is a professor of Genetics at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst where she received her doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department and Plant Biology Program. Her doctoral research used CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology, Bioinformatics and Microbiology techniques to understand how beneficial interactions between bacteria and plants contribute to healthy and sustainable food. Her research work has received awards from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O), International Peace Scholarship (IPS) and the Harvard University Cunin/Sigal Research Award of the Arnold Arboretum. 

Jedy’s impactful teaching and mentoring has been recognized by prestigious honors, notably the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award in Higher Education from the American Association of Colleges and Universities 2023 Award, and the BLOOME Teaching Grant from the American Society of Plant Biologists 2023 Winners. Jedy has mentored and taught Biology, Genetics, Microbiology and laboratory research to undergraduate and pre-college high school students interested in STEM and medical school. Her mentees are from diverse ethnic, cultural, social, and educational backgrounds. She strives to create an open, inclusive, and equal environment in which every student has the opportunity to flourish and succeed. All her research mentees proceed either to biotech internships or jobs, medical school or graduate school, making her a valuable resource to students seeking research opportunities to advance their academics and career. Dr. Jedy C is passionate about mentorship and is the CEO and founder of J&S Mentoring Network LLC, USA and co-founder of JUSENIOR Mentoring Institute, Zambia. 

Jedy’s Research Focus   

  • CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing
  • Genetics and Bioinformatics
  • Microbiology/bacteria-plant Interactions
  • STEM Education

Jedy’s Teaching Activity 

Jedy’s Scholarly Activity