Welcome Sarah Keenihan & Jenna Malone

Kristin: Bridge8 is thrilled to announce that Dr Sarah Keenihan and Jenna Malone have both commenced with Bridge8 in Industry Analyst roles. You should be seeing their blog posts very soon.

Sarah has actively cultured her joint interests in research biology and communicating science over the last 12 years.  She has a PhD in Reproductive Immunology from the University of Adelaide and is undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Sciences Communication at Central Queensland University. She was a NHMRC Research Officer in the Immunology Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Adelaide.  Prior to that, she was a Research Associate and Team Leader with the Parasitic Disease Program’s Immunology Department at the US Navy Medical Research Center No.2 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  She has written numerous ‘In Brief’ and ‘Journal Club’ articles for the Elsevier review journals Trends in Immunology and Trends in Parasitology and is an active member of the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR).

Jenna has a Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) from Flinders University and is currently completing her PhD, investigating stress responses in wheat and barley, at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG). She is also undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Commercialisation through the University of Adelaide for which she has been awarded a Commercialisation Training Scheme Scholarship. Jenna has an interest in science communication and has been active in promoting the work of the ACPFG by presenting the student workshop ‘Get into Genes’ as well as other activities such as ‘The Gene Juice Bar’ and at the Royal Adelaide Show. She is also an active committee member of the AusBiotech student association ABSA, which aims to bridge the gap between science students and the industry.


  1. sarahkeenihan says:

    I am thrilled to become a part of the team at Bridge 8. You might wonder how on earth I managed to find a career pathway in scientific fields as diverse as reproductive biology, immunology, parasitic disease and sciences communication. Starting at the beginning…..there are in fact a lot of similarities between fetuses and parasites (such as malaria), in that both entities are foreign objects which manage to grow within humans for 9 months (baby) or indeed years (Plasmodia species) without being evicted on immunological grounds. Reading and writing on such seemingly disparate and yet interrelated topics taught me to love science and communicating it to diverse audiences. Having fantastic mentors also helped…I think Kristin will assist in this regard too! I really look forward to providing coverage on biology, technology, art and science for Bridge 8.

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