Jennifer Cottell graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University) in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) in Human Biology followed by an MSc in Medical Microbiology at Liverpool school of tropical medicine (LSTM). She then went on to study for a PhD at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Professor Laura Piddock and Dr Mark Webber where she investigated the molecular and evolutionary factors influencing the successful persistence and dissemination of a globally distributed antibiotic resistance plasmid found in E. coli.
After completion of her PhD, Jennifer went to the University of Guelph, in Ontario Canada to work with Dr Patrick Boerlin as a post-doctoral researcher on a multi-disciplinary USDA funded project designing practical interventions to effectively manage antibiotic resistance in beef and dairy cows. In 2013 she returned to the UK to study on the NHS scientific training programme, completing a work based portfolio at Northampton General Hospital, an MSc in Clinical Microbiology from the University of Nottingham, and becoming a HCPC registered clinical scientist in microbiology in 2016. She is also an active member of the Society of General Microbiology (SGM), of the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), and a passionate supporter of the Antibiotic Guardian initiative acting as an Antibiotic Action Champion.
Jennifer joined Micropathology Ltd in October 2016.