Jack worked in the Edwards Lab in 2020 for his Honour years, researching the evolution of snake venoms using the lab’s de novo genome assemblies of two Australian snakes (Eastern brown snake and mainland tiger snake). His researched focused on phylogenetic analysis of venom gene families in order to understand how venom divergence has occurred in different branches of the snake lineage. The work focused on the role that tandem gene duplication events had played in the evolution of specific venom gene families and identified novel sites of tandem duplication shared across multiple snake species.
Jack holds a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) (First Class) with majors in Bioinformatics and Genetics. He is currently completing his PhD at UNSW in collaboration with the Victor Chang institute.