Dr. Jennifer F. Biddle is an Assistant Professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy at the University of Delaware in Lewes, Delaware. She received her BS in Biotechnology from Rutgers University and PhD in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology from Pennsylvania State University. Jen then went on to complete postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Geosciences at Penn State and in the Department of Marine Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before joining the faculty at University of Delaware. Jen is with us today to tell us all about her journey through life and science.
Jen was awarded a NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrobiology and has a fascination with extreme life, so she studies microbes that live in the dark, high pressure, energy limited subsurface. In her study of life beneath the ocean, she has sailed across the Atlantic, dove in HOV Alvin, and walked under the North Sea. Jen’s lab examines microbial diversity at all levels, including bacteria, archaea, and fungi. They employ next generation, high throughput sequencing techniques and bioinformatics, cultivation and geochemistry techniques in their various studies.