Jamie grew up in rural Pennsylvania in the 80's. When not milking cows or driving the tractor, she performed her first dissections on farm animals and developed a taste for biology. In 2001, while she enjoyed her life on the farm, she drove 22 miles away from home and stopped at Carnegie Mellon University where she spent 4 years, mostly having fun and dissecting flies (which can be fun too). At age 21, she left Pennsylvania for California. Never having met a French person before, she thought the Sage lab was exotic enough and joined in June 2006.

In the Sage lab, Jamie spearheads the studies of cell cycle control and differentiation in human embryonic stem cells.