Dr Colin Jackson has held research positions at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and was a visiting research fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel) and a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institut de Biologie Structurale (Grenoble, France), before his appointment as a Senior Lecturer at the Research School of Chemistry.
Our research interests lie at the interface between biology, chemistry and physics and are directed towards gaining an understanding of the fundamental chemistry that underlies biological function. For example, how is an enzyme is capable of accelerating chemical reactions? Or, how do mutations allow enzymes to evolve new functions? Our group is also interested in applied science and using chemical techniques to manipulate biological systems, which can include the design of small molecules (drugs) that change the function of biological molecules or engineering proteins to make them function according to our needs.