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Jack Heinemann

Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at University of Canterbury

Jack is a geneticist with expertise in genetic engineering, bacterial genetics and biosafety.

Research interests include the genetics and molecular biology of single-celled bacteria and some eukaryotic microorganisms, horizontal gene transfer, particularly conjugation, phage genetics, effects of stress, particularly induced by antibiotics, evolution and risk assessment, influence of language on science and eugenics.

Specific interests are the biochemical and genetic characterisation of horizontal gene transfer (particularly as it relates to the evolution of virulence and antibiotic resistance in microbes and the risks of genetically modified/engineered organisms) and yeast, bacteria and the test of evolutionary theories.