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Justin Jacob

“Don’t be worried about where you may end up. Just focus on the environment of training, the environment of being and bettering yourself as a scientist.”

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, PhD 2019

Laboratory Chief (Clinical Toxicology) at D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences

Justin’s Podcast Episode

In this episode, we discuss Justin’s doctoral work in biochemistry and molecular biology at Johns Hopkins, the importance of his extracurricular activities and community involvement in preparing him for the workforce, and his experiences working at the FDA and the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

Learn More About Justin’s Story

This image was featured in The Washington Post in April 2020. In this image, I am setting up the District of Columbia’s first Mobile Testing Unit (MTU), under the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences / Public Health Laboratory Division. That next day, the MTU was deployed to various locations across the District, with an emphasis on providing COVID testing to vulnerable populations (i.e., long-term care facilities, homeless shelters, etc.). This experience was a culmination of all my previous experiences to-date. It was an honor to serve others during that very trying time in our nation’s history.

This image was the first one of me and my then-girlfriend (and now my wife). We met while interviewing for the same PhD program at Johns Hopkins, and we began dating shortly after starting our graduate program. We have been together for >10 years, and we have been married for almost 7 years. I cannot imagine a life without her.