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Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Canterbury

Jack is a geneticist with expertise in genetic engineering, bacterial genetics and biosafety. He has participated in the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development as a lead author and as a contributing author to the International Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment.

Research interests include the genetics and molecular biology of bacteria, phage, plasmids and some single-celled eukaryotic microorganisms with particular interest in antibiotic resistance, but also in biosafety science and the history of genetics.


  • –present
    Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Canterbury
  • 2001–present
    Director, Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety


  • 1989 
    University of Oregon, PhD Molecular Biology
  • 1985 
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, BSc(hons) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • 2013
    A comparative evaluation of the regulation of GM crops or products containing dsRNA and suggested improvements to risk assessments, Environment International v55
  • 2011
    Molecular profiling — a tool for addressing emerging gaps in the comparative risk assessment of GMOs, Environment International v37

Research Areas

  • Genetics (0604)
  • Agricultural Biotechnology (1001)
  • Infectious Agents (060502)


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