Jessica Winter – Chemical Engineer
QSTORM nickname: The Illuminator
Creates and controls quantum dots (QDs) – amazing nanoscale crystals that emit brightly glowing flourescent light.
Brief Bio and QSTORM role
Jessica is an associate professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Her QSTORM role is to develop controllable light sources that will be used to illuminate particular structures inside living cells so they can be imaged with sophisticated STORM microscopy techniques.
She is working with quantum dots (QDs) – tiny nanoscale crystalline semiconductors that can be tuned to emit very bright light of a chosen color.
Her main challenge is to figure out how to selectively switch the QDs on and off from outside the organism.
Editor: Jessica, in what ways do you feel that you don’t fit the stereotype of a scientist?
Jessica: I like to think that I am “cool” although my family might beg to differ. My husband and I compete in ballroom dancing, not your usual scientific stuff. I’m also pretty feminine. I wear a lot of pink, have a pink computer, and a pink labcoat. And, I’m from Texas…