Jack Davis

Feature Writer

B.Sc. Biochemistry

Biochemistry, Crystallization, Drug Development

Jack has completed a Biochemistry (B.Sc.) degree at the University of Lincoln, UK, and is now studying a Biotechnology (M.Sc.) degree at the same university.

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During his undergraduate degree, Jack studied numerous biological and biochemical related modules, including molecular biology, genetics, human anatomy and physiology, and advanced analytical chemistry.

Over the past three years, Jack has gained hands-on experience with a range of biochemical and analytical techniques, including GC-MS, FTIR and X-Ray Crystallography. He is also highly knowledgeable about DNA technology, drug analysis, human disease, and biotechnology.

He has carried out several scientific projects, including an Extended Project Qualification in genetically modified crops. The project covered the pros and cons of genetically modifying crops and other organisms. It also explored the potential benefits of GM crops in Europe, whilst keeping into consideration the arguments for and against genetic modification.

He has also designed and worked on a project funded by the Wellcome Trust, to develop an improved methodology for protein crystallization. The aim of the project was to advance the study of antibiotics and drug design by making the study of complex proteins easier.

This involved several biochemical techniques, including bacterial transformation, X-Ray crystallography and SDS PAGE.

During this time, Jack became acutely aware of the reality of research, as experiments always need modifying and re-thinking as more information is found. He quickly became able to adapt to challenges in the laboratory, and critically analyze scientific papers.

Jack has also carried out a research project into anti-Tuberculosis drug design, as part of his academic dissertation. This involved the synthesis of a specific enzyme involved in this disease and the study of hows these enzymes can be inhibited in order to stop the disease from proliferating.

As part of Jack’s postgraduate degree he will study emerging technologies within biological systems and how these can be applied to medical, environmental and industrial industries.

Jack’s interest in scientific writing stems from his degree and independent research experience. This has given him the required knowledge to research efficiently and the ability to bring together useful information.

Writing for News-Medical allows Jack to explore research techniques outside of the scope of his current studies, and summarize the latest research into short, easy-to-read articles.

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Articles from Jack

How is Vitamin-B12 Related to Anemia?

How is Vitamin-B12 Related to Anemia?

An Introduction to Enzyme Kinetics

An Introduction to Enzyme Kinetics

The Chemistry of Human Vision – The Retinoid Cycle

The Chemistry of Human Vision – The Retinoid Cycle

Study reveals how pesticides cause Parkinson's Disease

Study reveals how pesticides cause Parkinson's Disease

DUF1220 protein domain also linked to severity of autism

DUF1220 protein domain also linked to severity of autism

BioSeek, Merck Serono sign new BioMAP collaboration agreement

BioSeek, Merck Serono sign new BioMAP collaboration agreement

Medicare worries may tip balance to Democrat in NY congressional race

Medicare worries may tip balance to Democrat in NY congressional race

Gingrich criticizes Obama and GOP health plans; Medicare politics sway N.Y. race

Gingrich criticizes Obama and GOP health plans; Medicare politics sway N.Y. race

Republicans feel heat over Medicare budget votes, seek to craft new message

Republicans feel heat over Medicare budget votes, seek to craft new message

PDI announces acquisition of Group DCA

PDI announces acquisition of Group DCA