Jacob is the senior PhD student in the Willis Lab at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. He is chiefly interested in how animals use their senses to navigate their environment. Jacob's PhD dissertation is focusing on how American Cockroaches (Periplaneta americana) might track odors to their source using a spatial odor map of their uniquely long antennae. It is not uncommon for cockroaches to lose all or part of an antenna, and Jacob has published a study showing that the length of the antennae is important in predicting how well a cockroach can track an odor. He is also building computer models to examine how spatial odor maps can aid in odor tracking.