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Jennifer Ness (Fed)

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.

Research Interests:

  • Expanding research on banked samples to include marine health measurements
  • Linking biological markers to contaminants measures
  • Laser diffraction particle size analysis on SRMs and environmental samples
  • Expanding biomolecular use of biorepository samples into genetics, protein research, metabolomics, etc.


Certification of Standard Reference Material® 2983 Inorganics in Geoduck Clam Tissue (Panopea generosa)

Colleen E. Bryan Sallee, Melannie Bachman, Steven J. Christopher, Debra Ellisor, Michael Ellisor, Jennifer Hoguet, Samuel Huntington, Caleb Luvonga, Amanda Moors, Dhayaalini Nadarajan, Tomohiro Narukawa, Jennifer Ness, Rebecca Pugh, James H. Yen, Lee L. Yu
Standard Reference Material (SRM) 2983 Inorganics in Geoduck Clam Tissue (Panopea generosa) is intended to be used for the evaluation of methods for the

Certification of Standard Reference Material® 1936 Great Lakes Sediment

Jacqueline Bangma, Debra Ellisor, Michael Ellisor, N. Alan Heckert, Jennifer Hoguet, Kevin Huncik, Jennifer Ness, Jessica Reiner
Standard Reference Material (SRM) 1936 Great Lakes Sediment is intended for 1) use in validating calibration and validation materials for sediment analysis
Created October 9, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022