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Dr Jena Meinecke

Jena MeineckeMagnetic Fields

Dr. Jena Meinecke is a laboratory astrophysicist studying the origins of magnetic fields.

Using high-energy lasers such as the National Ignition Facility laser, she recreates astrophysical objects in the laboratory such as supernovas that could fit in the palm of your hand.

This allows her to study powerful events that develop over hundreds (even millions) of years within a fraction of a second.


After accidentally taking a physics course in college, Jena became passionate about understanding the universe through mathematics and experimentation. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, and later her Ph.D. at the University of Oxford in physics. After a postdoctoral research position at Stanford University, she was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ Church College, University of Oxford.

In 2014, Jena's work published in Nature Physics was named one of the Top 10 Breakthroughs by Physics World. She has been awarded the IOP's Jocelyn Bell Burnell Medal and Prize (2015), the American Physical Society's Woman Physicist of the Month (2014), and a cover feature of her work on BBC's Sky at Night magazine.