Jennifer earned her honours B.Sc. Degree in Chemistry from UCD during which she completed summer research work placements in Teagasc in 2011 (under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Waters) and in UCD in 2012 (under the supervision of Prof. Gareth Redmond), broadening her knowledge in elemental analysis, water analysis and quality control, synthesis of monolayer materials and characterisation via spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM).
She continued as a PhD Student in the Centre for BioNano Interactions (CBNI) in UCD, under the supervision of Prof. Kenneth Dawson. Her work focused on the synthesis of non-spherical gold nanoparticles and studying their shape specific characteristics via electron tomography. She further studied gold and other nanoparticle materials in biological composites via radiation sensitive sample preparation techniques for electron microscopy which included negative staining, resin embedding and Cryo-TEM. During the course of her PhD, Jennifer received two awards based on her electron microscopy and public speaking skills.
Currently Jennifer is working on the European H2020 Framwork project; Magnapharm, to map the electron diffraction patterns of pharmaceutical organic crystals grown in a magnetic field using high resolution electron microscopy (HREM) methods such as phase contrast imaging and high angle annular dark field (HAADF). The project is in collaboration with researchers and experts in University of Bristol, University College London and the High Field Magnet Lab in Radboud University to assess polymorphism of existing pharmaceutical compounds.