Jennifer Pickens, Ph.D. has over 15 years of drug development research experience working alongside thought-leaders in the academic and commercial setting to manage both preclinical and clinical research programs. In her current role at Southern Research, she serves as a subject matter expert and study director for oncolytic, virus-based, infectious disease and general toxicology studies.
Dr. Pickens earned her MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics in 2005 from Georgia State University and Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases from the University of Georgia in 2011. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the renowned laboratory of James E. Crowe Jr. within the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center and later continued her training under the direction of GRA Eminent Scholar, Ralph A. Tripp at the University of Georgia. She has extensive experience with influenza A strains (avian and human), respiratory syncytial virus, human metapneumovirus and HIV. Her research has focused on identifying and assessing novel vaccine technologies, candidate drug/compounds, and antibody-driven approaches aimed at targeting viral-host interactions critical for viral pathogenesis. Her work has contributed to advancing the field through highly cited peer-reviewed publications.