Hillsborough, NJ, USA
University of Richmond, BS, 2014
Current Research Focus
Jessica's research focuses on the synthesis of complex, enantioenriched molecules via Dynamic Kinetic Resolution (DKR).
Jessica is a 5th year graduate student in the Johnson lab, focusing her research on Dynamic Kinetic Resolution (DKR). Outside of the lab, she is the outgoing VP of Internal Affairs for the Science Policy Advocacy Group (SPAG) and has traveled to Washington DC to advocate to policymakers on behalf of science funding. She is also a member of the executive board of Science in the Stacks (SITS), which organizes science demonstrations for elementary school students at the local public library. In her free time, Jessica likes watching any TV show starring Guy Fieri and scouting out the best chicken parm in the Triangle.
Why did you choose UNC Chemistry?
When I applied to graduate school, I was given the wise advice to “choose a school where there are multiple PI’s who you would be willing to work for.” At UNC, there are so many groups led by awesome PIs doing great research. Even better, these groups all work together to ensure UNC chemistry’s overall success.
What are your future plans?
In her remaining time as a graduate student and after graduation, Jessica hopes to make chemistry accessible and understandable to everyone, ranging from fellow scientists to policymakers to children, and everyone in between.