Jessica is a chemist, holding a BSc and MSc (2017) in Chemistry from Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia). She has aplied NMR-based metabolomics to study the chemistry of Colombia’s coffee depending on its origins and processing methods, under the supervision of Prof. Julien Wist. Jessica gained an additional experience in LC-MS-based metabolomics during an internship at the Phenome Center, Imperial College London (in 2015 under supervision of Prof. Elaine Holmes) and in NMR-based metabolomics at Weizmann Institute (in 2018 under supervision of Prof. Lucio Frydman).
Jessica joined our research group in December 2018, for a PhD, to develop and implement a new analytical approach for circulatory lipid quantification in large-scale population studies. Since the begining of her PhD project, she has succesfully evaluated and implemented the single-step approach for lipid extraction and hydrophilic interaction based methodology (combined with selected reaction monitoring) for the quantification of a wide panel of complex lipids present in human plasma. She is currently applying this newly developed approach to the metabolic phenotyping of the selected apparently healthy subgroup of Lausanne population (CoLaus), an ongoing prospective epidemiological study in collaboration with the clinical consortium at CHUV.