Jessica Mitchell

Personal photo - Jessica Mitchell

Jessica Mitchell

Doctoral Student at the

Rex Richards Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QU



I am a BBSRC-funded D.Phil. student on the Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP at the University of Oxford. As an undergraduate I studied the effects of a class of pesticides, called neonicotinoids, on honeybees and bumblebees. Neonicotinoids are insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonists, and having extensivley researched the molecular mode of action and subsequent neural and behavioural effects, I became interested in the fundamental workings of neural systems. In addition to my interests in neurobiology, molecular biology and genomics are also areas of biology that interest me. Outside of my research interests, I enjoy natural history and baking.


  • D.Phil. Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP, University of Oxford October 2014- present
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Biology, Newcastle University September 2011-June 2014


  • During my 2013 summer vacation, I completed a 12-week vacation scholarship in Jeri Wright's bee lab at Newcastle studying the interaction of nutrition and dietary neonicotinoid pesticides and the resulting effects on bumblebee survival.
  • For my undergraduate biological research project, I studied the effects of trace dietary neonicotinoid pesticides on bumblebee behaviour and motor function.


  • Pembroke Graduate Scholarship, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
  • Young Prize for best Biological Research Project 2014, School of Biology, Newcastle University
  • W.H. Young Book Prize for high achievement, School of Biology, Newcastle University