Our Team



Dr. Jamie Bernard

Jamie Bernard is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.  From 2011-2014, she was a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Allan Conney in the Department of Chemical Biology at Rutgers.  Her interested in skin and inflammation drew her to Dr. Conney’s lab where she studied the role of obesity in UVB-induced skin cancer. From 2009-2011, she was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Richard Gallo in the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego. In 2009, she received her Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Richard Phipps at the University of Rochester as a student in Toxicology Training Program.  In 2004, she received her B.S. from the University of Rochester where she majored in Neuroscience with a concentration in Psychology. 


Blair Bullard

Blair Bullard is a Research Technologist and the manager of the Bernard Lab at Michigan State University. He has a Bachelors of Science in Medical Technology and has over 28 years of professional experience as a scientist.  In addition to his managerial duties, Blair specializes in cellular biology and methods development for the lab. In his spare time he enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, and restoring old cars.


Vanessa Benham

Vanessa Benham is a graduate student in the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin College in Indiana where she double majored in biology and chemistry and minored in biochemistry. Before joining the Bernard lab, she worked as a research analyst at AIT Bioscience. She is interested in exploring the role of visceral adipose tissue in mammary epithelial transformation.