Student Profile

Jennifer Parra

Jennifer Parra chose UCF because she was excited by the endless opportunities it had to offer. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Microbiology in 2011 then took a position as a Microbiologist at a local pharmaceutical company. During this time, she became fascinated with the new technology involving medicine and energy that was happening around the country and began researching degree programs. That was when she received an email from Professor Quo Hun letting Parra know about a new program – the Nanotechnology PSM.

“Nanotechnology is a fresh and innovative field that has the potential to change all our lives in the future,” explains Parra.  “This program focuses on an assortment of subjects that can be manipulated or improved with nanotechnology, including medical diagnostics, therapeutics, medical imaging, and renewable energy.”

Currently, Parra is participating in a research project run by Professor Alexander Balaeff, which focuses on the self-assembly and electronic structure of bio-solar cells. She also serves as Graduate Ambassador for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and loves establishing a new relationship between nanotechnology and engineering.

Parra just landed a summer internship for 2015 at L’Oreal USA in the Research and Innovation department. She plans to graduate in 2016 and begin a career in a biotech company as part of the research and development team. 

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