Heather Jewhurst is a Research Assistant in the School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. After completing her BSc at Queen’s University Belfast, Heather joined Queen’s University’s Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, were she was involved in research projects into salmonid alphaviruses (SAV) and Astrovirus in poultry. Here she developed diagnostic tests for research and commercial use as well as profiling the viruses through serological, virological, histopathological and genetical methods.
Her current work at Queen’s University as part of the Horizon 2020 project, PARAGONE, is carried out in Professor John Dalton’s laboratory and focusses on the liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica; a major pathogen of livestock and humans. Specifically, Heather directs the large-scale production and purification of recombinant proteins for vaccine development and exploit various immunology tools to analyse and quality control/assure all final preparation before testing in ruminants.