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Biography

Jennifer is a Junior Group Leader at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), Monash University, in Melbourne (Australia). 

Prior to establishing her research group, Jennifer undertook her postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology at A*STAR in Singapore and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Australia located at Monash University in Melbourne. She was the first scientist based in Singapore to receive the prestigious Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2015. During her postdoctoral studies, Jennifer used non-invasive imaging technologies to visualize the real-time dynamics of the cytoskeletal system within single cells of the mammalian embryo. She discovered new insights into how the microtubule and actin cytoskeleton are required for the development of a healthy embryo.

In 2012, she received her PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Her work was awarded with the Amicitia Excellence Prize.

Jennifer however is not only a scientist but a very competetive triathlete as well. Winning twice the silver medal at the 70.3 Ironman World Championchips in 2014 (Mont Tremblant, Canada) and 2018 (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) have been her biggest achievements to date. In addition to her own training, she also enjoys to be on the other side of the pool and teaching kids or adults how to swim more efficient.

Education/Academic qualification

Neurobiology, PhD, University of Lausanne

1 Aug 200725 May 2012

Biology, Diploma, University of Hohenheim

1 Oct 200215 Jul 2007

Keywords

  • Live Imaging
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Microtubule remodelling
  • Early Mammalian Development
  • Peripheral Nervous system
  • Cell fate
  • Diabetes mellitus

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Projects 2019 2021

Research Output 2009 2018

Expanding Actin Rings Zipper the Mouse Embryo for Blastocyst Formation

Zenker, J., White, M. D., Gasnier, M., Alvarez, Y. D., Lim, H. Y. G., Bissiere, S., Biro, M. & Plachta, N., 19 Apr 2018, In : Cell. 173, 3, p. 776-791 16 p., 29576449.

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Instructions for Assembling the Early Mammalian Embryo

White, M. D., Zenker, J., Bissiere, S. & Plachta, N., 18 Jun 2018, In : Developmental Cell. 45, 6, p. 667-679 13 p., 29920273.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

The Role of Peripheral Myelin Protein 2 in Remyelination

Stettner, M., Zenker, J., Klingler, F., Szepanowski, F., Hartung, H. P., Mausberg, A. K., Kleinschnitz, C., Chrast, R. & Kieseier, B. C., 1 Mar 2018, In : Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology. 38, 2, p. 487-496 10 p., 28447247.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A microtubule-organizing center directing intracellular transport in the early mouse embryo

Zenker, J., White, M. D., Templin, R. M., Parton, R. G., Thorn-Seshold, O., Bissiere, S. & Plachta, N., 1 Sep 2017, In : Science. 357, 6354, p. 925-928 4 p., 28860385.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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How cells change shape and position in the early mammalian embryo

White, M. D., Zenker, J., Bissiere, S. & Plachta, N., 1 Feb 2017, In : Current Opinion in Cell Biology. 44, p. 7-13 7 p., 28033492.

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