Jenny Brookes

Jenny Brookes

Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University

Office: M-138

Telephone: (617) 230-3083
E-mail: brookes [at]
Address: 12 Oxford Street, Mailbox 355, Cambridge, MA 02138

PhD, Physics, University College London, 2008

MSc, Physics, University College London, 2005

BSc, Joint Honours Physics and Philosophy, King’s College London, 2004

Research Interests
  • Novel molecular recognition processes and models for small molecules and large proteins.
  • Quantum processes in biology, charge transfer mechanisms.
  • Atomistic modelling methods: ab initio electronic structure theory and classical molecular dynamics code.

  1. J. C. Brookes, M. D. Galigniana, A. H. Harker, A. M. Stoneham, G. Vinson. System among the corticosteroids: specificity and molecular dynamics. (2011) J. R. Soc. Interface doi: 10.1098/rsif.2011.0183
  2. Jennifer C. Brookes: Olfaction: the physics of how smell works?, Contemporary Physics, 52:5, 385-402 (2011). doi:
  3. J. C. Brookes, Science is perception: what can our sense of smell tell us about ourselves and the world around us? Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 368, 3491-3502 (2010).
  4. J. C. Brookes, A. P. Horsfield and A. M. Stoneham. Odour character differences for enantiomers correlate with molecular flexibility. J. R. Soc. Interface. vol 6, no 30, 75-86 (2009).
  5. J. C. Brookes, F. Hartoutsiou, A. P. Horsfield and A. M. Stoneham. Could humans recognize odour by phonon assisted tunneling? Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 038101 (2007).