Dr Zoe Jackson

Dr Zoe Jackson


I gained my undergraduate degree from the University of Nottingham in 2011.  I moved to Leeds and completed an MSc in 2012, followed by my PhD in molecular biology which I completed in 2018.  

I joined the Welcome Trust funded PhD scheme and undertook a number of rotation projects within the Faculty of Biological Sciences under the supervision of Prof Nicola Stonehouse, Prof David Beech and Prof Adrian Whitehouse. My final PhD research project investigated the application of Affimer proteins, developed at the University of Leeds as antibody alternatives, in lateral flow devices as a point of care detection method for viral infections. 

Research interests

My PhD research was focussed on the development of a lateral flow device which incorporated Affimer proteins in place of antibodies. Affimer proteins are much more stable than antibodies and are very small in comparison, making them ideal candidates for antibody replacements.  My research project used a small viral protein as a target, with the aim of producing pairs of Affimer reagents which were able to detect the target protein. These Affimers were then used in the production of a diagnostic test, able to detect the presence of viral protein within a clinical sample.

I currently work as a Research Assistant in Molecular Virology with Prof Adrian Whitehouse working on the oncogenic herpesvirus Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), investigating the role of host micro RNAs in the lifecycle of the virus to identify potential antiviral targets.   

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