Jennifer Jia

Gates Cambridge Scholar and Founder, Emporsand

Jennifer is the founder of Emporsand, a venture that aims to repurpose fast fashion into sanitary pads for women at low cost. She is passionate about women’s empowerment and sustainability.

Jennifer is a Gates Scholar and PhD Candidate in Clinical Neurosciences at Cambridge, researching on stem cells in the context of plasticity during adulthood. Previously, she obtained her MPhil at the University of Cambridge in Medical Sciences and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Pomona College with a BA in Neuroscience.

Prior, she was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute EXROP Scholar at Harvard Medical School and a Scott Hanley Summer Research Fellow in infectious diseases at the UCLA-Harbor Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate thesis in developmental neurobiology at Caltech and read biochemistry and computational neuroscience at the University of Oxford as a visiting student. She is the recipient of the Downing College Florence and David Jacobs Memorial Prize for Medical Research and the John Butterfield Harvard Award.


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