Jennifer came to NIST from the Biotechnology industry with a background in molecular biology, evolution, and population biology. She is a member of the NIST Biorepository located at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina. The NIST Biorepository collects, maintains, and processes environmental samples from a variety of projects ranging from Alaskan marine mammals to bi-valves contributing to retrospective studies investigating levels of environmental contaminants in addition to banking for emerging contaminants or analytes of interest.
Jennifer's research focus has been on analyzing archived samples using molecular biology techniques to determine sample suitability for important "-omics" analysis. Data from genetics (metagenomics, genomics, eDNA, population genetics, etc.), proteomics, and metabolomics can provide important information on the effect contaminant exposure has on wild populations and the environment.