Ph.D. Student (Fishery Sciences)
Jake received his B.S. in aquatic biology from Purdue University, a M.S. in Animal Science from Southern Illinois University, and is currently a PhD candidate in Dr. Brian Small’s fish physiology lab. Jakes’ research is primarily focused on understanding the physiological role of the microorganisms that inhabit the intestinal tract (gut microbiota) of various aquacultured fish species and how those gut microbiota may affect nutrient digestion and immunity, but his interests also include general fish physiology, endocrinology, and genetics.
Andree, S.R., Feiner, Z.S., Bledsoe, J.W., Cragun, A.M. and Höök, T.O., 2015. Ontogenetic variability of maternal effects in an iteroparous fish. Ecology of freshwater fish, 24(3), pp.384-396.
Fenn, C.M., Bledsoe, J.W. and Small, B.C., 2016. Functional characterization of insulin-like growth factors in an ancestral fish species, the Shovelnose sturgeon Scaphirhynchus platorhynchus. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 199, pp.21-27.
Bledsoe, J.W., Peterson, B.C., Swanson, K.S. and Small, B.C., 2016. Ontogenetic characterization of the intestinal microbiota of channel catfish through 16S rRNA gene sequencing reveals insights on temporal shifts and the influence of environmental microbes. PloS one, 11(11), p.e0166379.