Jessica Head

Assistant Professor

514-398-7841  | jessica.head [at] (Email) |  Macdonald-Stewart Building MS3-045  | Website @JA_Head


BSc Biochemistry (McGill University)
PhD Biology (University of Ottawa)

Research Interests

Dr. Head’s research focuses on understanding and predicting the effects of environmental chemicals on the health of birds.  This research is multidisciplinary, integrating aspects of molecular toxicology and avian ecology.  Laboratory models are used to study molecular mechanisms underlying avian responses to chemical exposure.  These finding are applied to assessing the health of wild birds through field studies and the use of molecular/genetic biomarkers.

Current Research

1. Role of DNA methylation in the regulation of cytochrome p4501A induction by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in birds
2. DNA methylation as a marker of environmental stress in herring gulls
3. Effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on cardiac looping in the chicken embryo
4. A survey of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) subtypes in avian species


View a list of current publications.