Jessica Whyte

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PhD Candidate (Faculty of Health, School of Biomedical Sciences)

BLaw/BSc Hons (Gentics)

Bio and research.

Jessica is a PhD candidate in the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation studying the mechanisms of genetic changes associated with ankylosing spondylitis. Her project will be investigating this through identifying transcriptional and methylation changes in specific immune cell subsets.

Jess holds a double degree in Law and Science, with a major in Genetics, from the University of Queensland. After graduation she obtained an honours class I, with a project characterising the purine biosynthesis protein AICAR transformylase/IMP cyclohydrolase (ATIC) as a potential drug target in the fungal species Cryptococcus neoformans. She did this by establishing and characterising a genetic knockout, purifying and obtaining the structure of the protein and developing protocols for studying the protein kinetics. Between finishing her honours year and beginning her PhD she began her practical legal training certificate (PLT), the qualification required for a legal practice certificate. She is currently completing the legal work experience alongside her PhD.