After growing up in North Carolina, Jarad earned B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he worked in the lab of Professor Larry Sneddon on the synthesis of ultra-high-temperature ceramics from polymer precursors and the development of new electrolytes for lithium ion batteries. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 under the guidance of Jeffrey Long. At Berkeley, Jarad investigated the storage and separation of gases in metal-organic frameworks. Following graduate school, he was a postdoctoral fellow with Chad Mirkin at Northwestern University, where he used DNA to assemble responsive nanoparticle superlattices. In January 2018, Jarad began his independent career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University.