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Dr Jessica Pandohee


Jessica completed a Bachelor of Forensic Science at Deakin University, Australia in 2012 (partly funded by Deakin University International Academic Excellence Scholarship). As part of her undergraduate studies, she undertook a Work-Integrated-Learning (WIL) internship at Victoria Police, a summer research project (with hands on technical development of multidimensional chromatography, chemiluminescence and mass spectrometry) and a graduate research project focussing on solid-state NMR at Deakin University. Jessica obtained her PhD in Applied Chemistry at RMIT University, Australia in 2017 (funded by RMIT University and CSIRO Top-Up Scholarship), where she was developing multidimensional chromatographic techniques for targeted and untargeted study of metabolites in the field of food, agriculture and forensic science. The work for which she received the RMIT Vice Chancellor Prize for Research Excellence, The Agilent Technologies Award for Separation Science and an Honourable Mention for the IUPAC-Solvay award in 2018.

After her studies, Jessica was recruited to the Centre for Integrative Metabolomics and Computational Biology at Edith Cowan University to lead the development and use of the Q-Exactive Gas-Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (QE GC-MS) for metabolomics with a strong focus on the human microbiome. She has also been involved creating a High-Resolution Mass Spectral database of over 500 certified reference materials, optimising and validating laboratory protocols for QE GC-MS metabolomics and testing several software for metabolite identification from high resolution GC orbitrap data. Jessica’s interests in improving human health and tackling global challenges arising from a growing food, environmental and water insecurity have led her in collaborative projects across Australia and internationally. Most recently, she was competitively selected to be part of the Australian delegation to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute (Chartered Chemist)
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society of Mass Spectrometry
  • Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2019 – IUPAC Periodic Table Young Chemist as element “Lawrencium”
  • 2018 – IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists – Honourable Mention
  • 2017 – RMIT Vice Chancellor Research Excellence Prize
  • 2016 – Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany (Funded by the Australian Academy of Science and the Science and Industry Endowment Fund)
  • 2016 – Premier’s Awards (Funded by The State Government of Victoria)
  • 2016 – International Student of the Year – Research Category (Funded by The State Government of Victoria)
  • 2015 – The Agilent Technologies Award for Separation Science

National and International Research Positions

  • 2016 – Visiting Researcher (PhD Exchange), University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  • 2013 – ProSPER.Net Young Researcher, Chulalongkorn University and United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (Thailand)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Human health and well-being
  • Sustainability science
  • Forensic science
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