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Jennifer Dionne

Professor of Materials Science and by courtesy, of Radiology, Stanford University; Chan Zuckerberg Biohib Investigator

Jennifer (Jen) Dionne is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and, by courtesy, of Radiology at Stanford. She is also a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator and deputy director of Q-NEXT (a DOE-funded National Quantum Initiative). From 2020-2023, Jen served as Stanford’s Inaugural Vice Provost of Shared Facilities, raising capital modernize instrumentation, fund experiential education, and support new and existing users of the shared facilities. Jen received her B.S. degrees in Physics and Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, her Ph. D. in Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology in 2009, and her postdoctoral training in Chemistry at Berkeley.  As a pioneer of nanophotonics, she is passionate about developing methods to observe and control chemical and biological processes as they unfold with nanometer scale resolution, emphasizing critical challenges in global health and sustainability. Her research has developed culture-free methods to detect pathogens and their antibiotic susceptibility; amplification-free methods to detect and sequence nucleic acids and proteins; and new methods to image light-driven chemical reactions with atomic-scale resolution.  Her work has been recognized with the Alan T. Waterman Award, a NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, a Moore Inventor Fellowship, the Materials Research Society Young Investigator Award, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and was featured on Oprah’s list of “50 Things that will make you say ‘Wow’!”.  She is especially proud of the many outstanding alumni who have graduated from her lab. Dionne lab members have received awards including HHMI, Beckman, Schmidt and Packard fellowships, and alum now hold faculty positions spanning top academia (eg, professors at MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Northwestern, among others), industry (Apple, Intel, Facebook/Meta, Lockheed Martin, Pacific Biosciences, Tempus), startups (founders of Antora and Arabesque), policy (Congressional Fellows), and communications (including a Pulitzer prize winner). She also perceives outreach as a critical component of her role and frequently collaborates with visual and performing artists to convey the beauty of science to the broader public. Beyond the lab, Jen enjoys long-distance cycling, trail running, and reliving her childhood with her two young sons.