Jennifer Schloss is a physics PhD student at
MIT doing her thesis work at Harvard, where she is developing a magnetic imager
for neurons using quantum sensors in a diamond crystal.
Her research is aimed at applying the capability of large
ensembles of nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color centers in diamond as high-sensitivity
magnetic sensors toward imaging of functional activity in neurons and neuronal
circuits. She works on the dual challenges of building the most sensitive
NV-diamond based broadband magnetic imager and making novel measurements of
biological phenomena relevant to neuroscience. Her work combines atomic
physics, condensed matter physics, electrical engineering, and neuroscience.
Jenny was born and raised in Concord,
Massachusetts and majored in physics at Oberlin College, where she worked with
Stephen Fitzgerald studying gases trapped in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)
using variable-temperature infrared spectroscopy. At Oberlin she developed a
passion for quantum mechanics, which led her to MIT. She spent the first three
years of her PhD in an atomic physics group working to create ultracold gases
of polar molecules. Over time, though, she became more interested in applied
physics and neuroscience, seeking to tackle problems with a more near-term
impact on society. Jenny transitioned to working at Harvard in Ronald
Walsworth’s group, where she now applies quantum systems to study the brain.
In addition to research, Jenny enjoys outdoor
activities including hiking, cycling, and rock-climbing. When she’s not in lab
or out exercising, she likes the company of good friends and family.