Dr. Jessica Helm joined Silent Spring Institute in 2014 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She spearheaded the development of Detox Me—Silent Spring’s free mobile app to help people reduce their exposure to endocrine disruptors and other chemicals of concern. In addition to overseeing the app, her research is focused on identifying sources of ethnic disparities in exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals and on understanding the biological mechanisms of breast cancer through the development of an adverse outcome pathway (AOP). She is also invovled in tracking the development and implementation of toxics regulations under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Dr. Helm received her PhD in Neuroscience from Stony Brook University. For her doctoral research, she studied cellular contributions to network function. She applied cluster analysis and electrophysiology to discover novel cortical interneuron subtypes. Prior to that, she earned a BS in biology (cum laude) at Washington and Lee University and studied neuronal calcium channels and synaptic mitochondria as a research assistant at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Helm has held multiple leadership positions with the Sierra Club, where she led a team addressing hydraulic fracturing, created a citizen science watershed monitoring program, and served on the Sierra Club Board of Directors.