Jennifer won Inspiring Leader for her work on huge world problems, commitment to EDI and supportive nature.
Jennifer leads her team to tackle world problems such as cancer and antimicrobial resistance, ensuring that they work they do is advanced and comes along in leaps and bounds.
Jennifer is also the Chair of the International Women in Supramolecular Chemistry network, advocating for and championing the retention and progression of women and other marginalised groups.
I have been working on inventing the supramolecular self-associating amplifier technology. I invented this here at the University and it is now a patented invention. We’ve used it to produce new anti-cancer technologies, new anti-microbial technologies and new drug delivery technologies. We’ve also used it to start looking at solving diseases such as cystic fibrosis. We’ve built a team of over 40 international researchers across academic, governmental departments and industry.
I founded this network back in 2019 and has now grown to support 1,800 members internationally. We safeguard both national and international conferences within our field and host networking events, live webinars, mentoring sessions, community led research and anything else anyone can think of and do.
The bags under my eyes speak for themselves! I need to take some of my own advice and sleep a little bit more. The work-life balance is something we should all be aware of and needs to be retained.
Firstly, reach out. You will have friends in the most surprising places. There have been massive steps over the last five or ten years in trying to recognise these issues and try and solve them. By banding together, sharing our stories and then expressing those stories, we have the confidence to do so in a non-confrontational way. This helps the communities you’re in start to recognise who you are because until you can recognise what it’s like to be in those situations, you can’t move to effect change.
Currently, I am looking to further my supramolecular technology with a move into the clinic if we’re really lucky. I also started working with a colleague of mine, Professor Ben Goult. We’ve developed a new shock-absorbing material and recently got funded by the British Government to go and shoot it. It’s quite a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to that!