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Mr Jack Horrocks 

MRes Advanced Biological Science

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Jack Horrocks is an MRes Advanced Biological Science student within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I graduated in Biochemistry from the University of Essex in 2017. My dissertation was focused on the utilisation and storage of copper by the bacteria Streptomyces lividans and how this copper homeostasis mechanism may promote virulence in pathogenic bacteria.

Research interests

Research Area:

My current research investigates the role of the pro-inflammatory protein S100A9 in neurodegenerative disease. S100A9 is recognised as an important inflammatory modulator in the brain with elevated levels associated with traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s Disease. Under these conditions S100A9 has been shown to form amyloid deposits that have been shown to accelerate the growth of amyloid-beta plaques associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.

I am utilising solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques to study the fibril structure of S100A9 and understand the conversion to this fibrillar state.

Why I chose MRes Advanced Biological Sciences:

This Master of Research degree scheme offered me the opportunity to gain research experience in structural biochemistry, while also furthering my academic knowledge with complementary modules.

Aims for the future:

I hope to apply the skills acquired and experiences gained throughout this course to a role in biochemical research, whether that be in academia or the industrial sector.

Supervisor: Dr Phil Williamson

Research group

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Affiliate research group

MRes Advanced Biological Science

Mr Jack Horrocks
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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