Dr Jessica Kretzmann is working within the School of Molecular Sciences, and the ARC Training Centre for Biomedical Analysis, at the University of Western Australia. Jessica’s research is at the interface of multiple disciplines, bridging chemistry, engineering and biology.
Jessica completed her PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Western Australia, spending part of her doctoral studies as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2018). Her PhD focused on the design and evaluation of new materials for the delivery of gene therapies. From there, Jessica was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technical University of Munich, where she worked on the design and implementation of DNA origami for biotechnological applications (2020 – 2022). Through the Forrest Fellowship, Jessica aims to bring DNA origami as a new field of research to Western Australia. Specifically, Jessica will aim to develop broad-spectrum viral diagnostic sensors using DNA origami.