Dr Jennifer Dow MSci PhD

Research Fellow Pathogen Molecular Biology


Jennifer originally trained as a medicinal chemist, obtaining an integrated Masters degree in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry in 2004 from the University of Glasgow. She then joined the Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD programme at the University of Dundee in 2009, choosing to focus her research on the proofreading capacity of molybdoenzymes in E. coli in the lab of Prof. Tracy Palmer. 

After finishing her PhD in 2014 she completed a Wellcome Trust sponsored policy internship at the Academy of Medical Sciences, focussing on compiling evidence for the House of Commons on Antimicrobial Resistance. Following her intership she worked as a Grants Adviser at the Wellcome Trust, managing various schemes including the Translation Fund and the Affordable Healthcare in India scheme. 

She started working in the glycoengineering group of Prof. Brendan Wren in Sept 2015, where she initally focussed on glycosylation systems in Francisella sp. 




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Jennifer is embedded with the glycoengineering group of Prof. Brendan Wren's lab, where the focus is on both the understanding of glycosylation system in bacteria and how they pertain to pathogenicity and on how these glycosylation systems can be utilised and adapted to make glycoconjugate vaccines.  

Research areas

  • Bacteria
  • Vaccines


  • Bacteriology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease

Other interests

  • Bacterial Infections
  • Bacterial Pathogenesis
  • Campylobacter Jejuni
  • Conjugate Vaccines
  • Glycobiology
  • Glycoengineering
  • Microbial Pathogenicity
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