Jennifer Rohn

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Jennifer Leigh Rohn
Jennifer Rohn.jpg
Jennifer Rohn in 2011
Born1967 (age 51–52)
CitizenshipBritish, American
Alma materUniversity of Washington
Known forLab lit
Science is Vital campaign[1]
AwardsResearch Fortnight "Achiever of the Year" award (2011)
Society for Experimental Biology's President's Medal
Scientific career
FieldsCell biology
InstitutionsLondon Research Institute
University College London
University of Washington
Oberlin College
ThesisThe evolution of feline leukemia virus in vivo: A model of understanding viral genetic determinants of pathogenicity (1996)
Doctoral advisorJulie M. Overbaugh[2]

Jennifer Leigh Rohn (born 1967 in Stow, Ohio[3]) is a British-American scientist and novelist. She is a cell biologist at University College London,[4] editor of the webzine[5][6] and founder of the Science is Vital organization that campaigns against cuts to the public funding of science in the United Kingdom.[1][7]


Rohn graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 1990. Following this Rohn was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1996 from the University of Washington for work on Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV).[2]


Rohn's first novel, Experimental Heart, was published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (CSHLP) in 2008.[8] This is written in the lab lit genre, which she is well known for championing,[5] and represents a departure for CSHLP, which had previously only published scientific non-fiction.[9] Her second novel, The Honest Look,[10] was also published by CSHLP in November 2010.[11][12] Her third novel, Cat Zero, was published by Bitingduck Press in June 2018. Rohn has also had short fiction,[5][9][11][13] news and opinion published in Nature.[14][15][16][17][18]


In 2011, Rohn won the inaugural Research Fortnight "Achiever of the Year" award,[19] and received the Society for Experimental Biology's President's Medal in the Education and Public Affairs Section.[20]


  1. ^ a b "Science is Vital | No more Dr Nice Guy!". Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  2. ^ a b Rohn, Jennifer (1996). The evolution of feline leukemia virus in vivo: A model of understanding viral genetic determinants of pathogenicity (PhD thesis). University of Washington.
  3. ^ Bio by author
  4. ^ Matthews, H. K.; Delabre, U.; Rohn, J. L.; Guck, J.; Kunda, P.; Baum, B. (2012). "Changes in Ect2 Localization Couple Actomyosin-Dependent Cell Shape Changes to Mitotic Progression". Developmental Cell. 23 (2): 371–383. doi:10.1016/j.devcel.2012.06.003. PMC 3763371. PMID 22898780.
  5. ^ a b c Anon (2008). "Abstractions". Nature. 451 (7175): ix-. doi:10.1038/7175ixb.
  6. ^ " - the culture of science in fiction & fact". Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  7. ^ Milton, J. (2010). "How vital is science? British scientists begin to mobilize in the fight against research funding cuts". Nature. doi:10.1038/news.2010.512.
  8. ^ Jennifer L. Rohn (2008). Experimental Heart: A Novel. Plainview, N.Y: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. ISBN 0-87969-876-4.
  9. ^ a b Herndon, L. (2008). "Splendor in the Lab". Cell. 135 (7): 1157. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2008.12.010.
  10. ^ Jennifer L. Rohn (2010). The Honest Look. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. ISBN 1-936113-11-2.
  11. ^ a b Rohn, J. (2010). "More lab in the library". Nature. 465 (7298): 552. doi:10.1038/465552a.
  12. ^ Herndon, L. (2010). "Science, Meet Poetry". Cell. 143 (7): 1039. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2010.12.006.
  13. ^ Rohn, J. (2008). "The pair-bond imperative". Nature. 454 (7204): 666. doi:10.1038/454666a.
  14. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  15. ^ Rohn, J. (2011). "Give postdocs a career, not empty promises". Nature. 471 (7336): 7. doi:10.1038/471007a. PMID 21368781.
  16. ^ Rohn, J. (2010). "Women scientists must speak out". Nature. 468 (7325): 733. doi:10.1038/468733a. PMID 21150949.
  17. ^ Rohn, J. (2010). "Brewing up identity with Billy Bragg". Nature. doi:10.1038/news.2010.191.
  18. ^ Rohn, J. (2010). "Q&A: On facts and fiction". Nature. 468 (7321): 172. doi:10.1038/468172a.
  19. ^ Miriam, Frankel (16 November 2011). "Science is Vital award-winner refocuses campaign on careers". Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  20. ^ Presidents Medallists 2011

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