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Jenny Tam, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

Jenny’s research interests include in-situ nucleic acid sequencing, understanding and modulating microbial communities, and AAV-based gene therapies. Throughout her career, she has developed tools to study how pathogens and other microbial communities interact with the human immune and nervous systems, using a combination of micro- and nanoengineering tools, high-resolution imaging technology, and established molecular and cell biology techniques. Jenny received a B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Tufts University. Prior to joining the Wyss, she developed optical fiber bundle-based devices including optical tweezer arrays and high throughput arrays of micro- and nano-sensors for genomics analysis. She then applied her skills in optical engineering, advanced microscopy, and biosensor design at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School to develop tools to elucidate signaling mechanisms in host-pathogen interactions. In addition to being a Staff Scientist at the Wyss, she holds an appointment as Instructor in Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

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