Professor Jessie Kennedy is Dean of Research & Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University. She joined Edinburgh Napier University in 1986 as a lecturer, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1992, Reader in 1995, and Professor in 2000. Thereafter she held the post of Director of the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation from 2010-14. Jessie has published widely, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over £2 million in research funding from a range of bodies, including EPSRC, BBSRC, National Science Foundation, and KTP, and has had 13 PhD students complete. Jessie has a long-standing record of contribution to inter-disciplinary research, working to further biological research through the application of novel computing technology. Her research in the areas of user interfaces to databases and data visualisation in biology contributed to the establishment of the field of biological visualisation, where she is a recognised international leader.

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