Jourdan received her master’s degree in physics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2020. She was working with ultra-fast, shaped femtosecond laser pulses to study the dynamics of molecules embedded inside helium nanodroplets. After this project, she wanted to focus on photonics to complement her optics background. Now she is a Marie Curie fellow working within the OPTAPHI network pursuing her PhD by working on the design and fabrication of tunable, single mode interband cascade lasers that will be used for gas sensing. Her project is part of a collaboration between Munster Technological University and the University of Montpellier.