Jennifer Parker

Jen has moved to the lab of Prof Phillip Wright but is still a close collaborator of the group on various projects

Career History

2002-2005: University of East Anglia BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

2005-2009: John Innes Centre Ph.D.

May 2010-Dec 2013: University of Sheffield. Department of Infection and Immunity. Post-doctoral Research Associate. Funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Jan 2014-Jan 2015: Post-doctoral Research Technician. University of Sheffield. School of Clinical Dentistry. Funded by the MRC.

Jan 2015- May2015: Post-doctoral researcher.  University of Sheffield. School of Clinical Dentistry.CBMNet funded project with FujiFilm Db and Phil Wright, Sheffield

June 2015- Present: Post-doctoral researcher.  University of Sheffield. Dept Chem-engineering

Research Interests

My Ph.D project was carried out under the supervision of Prof. Mervyn Bibb at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. The project centred on phosphoproteomics in the multicellular soil dwelling bacterium Streptomyces coelicolor. The project used a multidisciplinary approach involving mass spectrometry based proteomics, biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology.

I then moved to Sheffield to undertake a Post-Doc with Drs Jon Shaw and Graham Stafford, focusing on the roles and mechanism of glycosylation of polar flagellin in the human pathogen Aeromonas caviae. In January 2014 I moved to the school of Clinical Dentistry as a Post-Doctoral Research technician where my research centres on analysis of the vaginal microbiome of women at risk of preterm birth in collaboration with Prof Dilly Anumba (Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine).

I am a member of the following learned societies

Society for General Microbiology

American Society for Microbiology

Biochemical Society

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Lowry R, Balboa S, Parker J.L., Shaw J.G. (2014). Aeromonas flagella and colonisation mechanisms. Adv Microb Physiol, 65:203-56

Lowry R.C., Parker J.L., Kumbhar R, Mesnage S, Shaw J.G. and Stafford G.P. (2014) The Aeromonas caviae AHA0618 gene modulates cell length and influences swimming and swarming motility MicrobiologyOpen DOI: 10.1002/mbo3.233

Parker J.L., Lowry R.C., Couto N.A.S., Wright P.C., Stafford G.P., and Shaw J.G. (2014) Maf‐dependent bacterial flagellin glycosylation occurs before chaperone binding and flagellar T3SS export. Mol Micro 92 (2), 258-272.

Hempel A. M., Cantlay, S., Molle V., Wang S. B., Naldrett M. J., Parker J. L., Richards D. M., Jung Y. G., Buttner M. J. & Flardh K. (2012) The Ser/Thr protein kinase AfsK regulates polar growth and hyphal branching in the filamentous bacteria Streptomyces. PNAS 109: E2371-2379.

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Parker J. L., Day-Williams M. J,  Tomas J. M., Stafford G. P., & Shaw J. G (2012) Identification of a putative glycosyltransferase responsible for the transfer of pseudaminic acid onto the polar flagellin of Aeromonas caviae Sch3N. MicrobiologyOpen 1: 149-160.

Parker J. L. & Shaw J. G. (2011) Aeromonas spp. clinical microbiology and disease. J Infect 62: 109-118.

Parker J. L., Jones A. M., Serazetdinova L., Saalbach G., Bibb M. J., & & Naldrett M. J. (2010) Analysis of the phosphoproteome of the multicellular bacterium Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2) by protein/peptide fractionation, phosphopeptide enrichment and high-accuracy mass spectrometry. Proteomics 10: 2486-2497.