Jennifer started out at Argonne as an analyst in 2011, assessing vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure. After a few years, she moved into the cyber area, and officially became a member of the Strategic Cybersecurity Analysis and Research (SCAR) team in early 2016. Jennifer is an adjunct professor at Lewis University, where she teaches a class on Encryption and Authentication systems. She enjoys learning and teaching about the applicability of tools and exploits. Her areas of interests include cryptography, data privacy, biohacking, and social engineering.
Jennifer holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Crop Sciences, and completed her Masters Degree in Information Security from Lewis University in December 2017. During her undergraduate career, she worked in a corn genomics lab, where she and other scientists employed the tools of functional genomics to understand the molecular mechanisms behind a variety of agronomic traits in maize. Jennifer worked on the Illinois long-term selection experiment, where she elucidated the genetic changes in maize populations due to selection. She also worked on Energy Corn, which focused on developing maize as a platform for cellulosic biofuel production.