Kirsten Jackson

Kirsten Jackson

Kirsten Jackson

Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering California Polytechnic State University, 2011

Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering California Polytechnic State University, 2011

Phone : (850) 449 – 5776
E-mail : kjackson@ufl.edu
Address : Biomedical Sciences Building JG-56
University of Florida, USA

Ph.D. Project: Cell-Free Protein Synthesis in a Continuous-Exchange Array Device

Typical cell-based protein synthesis often features cellular controls such as protein degradation and gene regulation. The use of cell-free protein synthesis systems eliminates these cellular controls by limiting the system to only those cellular components necessary for gene transcription and protein translation. The current research focuses on miniaturized cell-free protein synthesis systems, which provide the advantages of faster protein expression, reduced cost, and less required reagents. Specifically, the project focuses on cell-free protein synthesis using a continuous-exchange array device with a dialysis membrane allowing a continuous exchange of separated reaction and feeding solutions. The goal of this research is to understand the existing system for future research and development in cell-free protein synthesis systems.