As part of her studies, Jessica attended the ProSPER.NET Young Researchers’ School in Thailand.
PhD (Applied Chemistry)
After completing my honours and several projects during my undergrad studies I knew research was a natural fit for me and my thirst for knowledge and discovery.
Science and mathematics have always been subjects I felt comfortable with and pursuing higher studies in chemistry was ideal as it meant that I could continuously learn the theory I enjoy and apply it to solve problems in both chemistry and other sciences.
Doing a PhD at RMIT was a great opportunity to work with a new and diverse group of analytical and environmental students and to receive first-hand experience in metabolomics - an emerging field in Australia - while still working on my initial research interests.
My research at RMIT involves the development of new multidimensional chromatographic techniques and their application in a range of fields where separation science is crucial. Applications of this research include metabolomics, food technology and forensic sciences but are not limited to these fields only.
In 2013 I was invited to attend the ProSPER.NET Young Researchers’ School for two weeks of intensive training in Thailand. The workshop ’Partnerships in Water and Biodiversity for Sustainable Development’ was designed to bring together fifteen selected research scholars from nine universities in the Asia-Pacific region to provide a better understanding of the spectrum of challenges that underpin sustainable development. It was a unique experience for me to be exposed to sustainability issues, develop my research skills, grow a network of researchers and also learn from world experts in the field of sustainable development through lectures, field trips and group activities.
In the future I see myself working in an analytical research group assessing and solving real world problems. I enjoy what I do because trying new ideas makes my work fun and exciting, and can potentially lead to innovation in chemistry and impact other areas in important ways.