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Jon joined the University of Bolton as a Lecturer in Medical Biology in September 2021. He is currently teaching on modules such as Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics and Neurobiology on the Medical Biology degree programme.
Jon's career in science stemmed from an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Glasgow, where he remained for a further 4 years and carried out a Ph.D. in protein biochemistry, under the guidance of Prof. Cheryl Woolhead. The focus of his Ph.D. was to investigate the folding profile of G-protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) during protein synthesis and how this impacted trafficking to their biological membrane. The work carried out during this time, has helped to guide his future research interests into protein transport and translocation; something that he is still particularly interested in until this day.
Prior to joining the Medical Biology team at the University of Bolton, Jon worked as a post-doctoral research associate in the Microbiology lab of Prof. Tracy Palmer at Newcastle University. His research investigated how the components of the Twin-Arginine Translocase (Tat) interacted with one another to form a functional protein transport system. His time spent in research has provided him with invaluable experience, which he is keen to pass on to the students both in lectures through practical sessions. The wide-ranging technical skillset Jon has developed over the years, will also add to the diversity of final year projects provided for students on the current Medical Biology degree programme.
Research Interests and Research Subject Specialisms:
Protein biochemistry; Protein transport and translocation; Microbiology; Molecular Biology
Medical Biology; Biomedical Sciences; Biochemistry
Publications and Research:
• Habersetzer J, Moore K, Cherry J, Buchanan G, Stansfeld PJ, Palmer T. Substrate-triggered position switching of TatA and TatB during Tat transport in Escherichia coli. Open Biology 2017, 7(8), 170091.
• Cherry, J. K. and Woolhead, C. A. (2019) Hydrophobicity, rather than secondary structure, is essential for the SRP dependent targeting of GPR35 to the ER membrane. Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes, 51(2), pp. 137-150.
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