Jennifer L. Chain, Ph.D.
Dr. Jennifer Chain’s twenty-year career in scientific research has spanned academia, biotechnology industry, consulting, and non-profit. Beginning in 1998, Jennifer worked as research technician at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) and as undergraduate intern for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1999.
She began her graduate work in 2000 at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center studying human αβ and γδ thymocyte developmental checkpoints. In early 2006, Dr. Chain began her postdoctoral fellowships in Denver, Colorado; first at National Jewish Health where she studied γδ T cell activation and function, then at the University of Colorado Denver studying CD4 memory T cell senescence in clinical and autoimmune lung disorders.
In 2014 she followed her postdoctoral fellowships with an industry experience at a diagnostic testing company in Oklahoma called Moleculera Labs. There she studied biomarkers in autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders. Common themes running through all of Dr. Chain’s early career research experiences were cellular and molecular immunology, new method development, and technical optimization. She designed and utilized advanced molecular biology, cell culture, flow cytometry, and other techniques to build the scientific tools needed for her projects.
To apply and expand on her diverse skill set, Dr. Chain started her own R&D consulting firm in 2016 called Experimental Solutions to help scientists advance their research and product development goals. As a consultant, she helped clients design, perform, and analyze experiments, train staff, manage projects, and write procedures, publications, grant applications, and marketing documents.
Dr. Chain now serves as the Science Officer for Cellular Therapies at the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Through the organization’s Bio-Development division, she is starting a stem cell and cell therapy research and development program, which is a continuation of the consulting work she provided OBI for over one year as a consultant before this appointment.