Jessica C. Kissinger, holder of a Ph.D. degree, is an Associate Professor of genetics and a Member of the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases and Institute of Bioinformatics at the University of Georgia. Her areas of expertise include protist pathogen genome evolution, detection of gene transfer events, and gene regulation, primarily among apicomplexan parasites. Additionally, her research focuses on the development of tools for the integration of genomic and functional genomic data. She is a Co-PI of the Eukaryotic Pathogens Bioinformatics Resource Center, EuPathDB.org. She has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, a dozen book chapters, and she is a recognized international trainer in the area of parasite genomics.