Jack Hervey

Jack Hervey

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Role at Cawthron

Jack is a molecular biologist in the Food & Bioactives team at Cawthron. His work focuses on the development of metabolomic and multi-omic platforms to extend the analytical capabilities at Cawthron and to support the wider research efforts across the Institute. Metabolomics involves the simultaneous measurement of many compounds to study metabolic networks and identify bioactive compounds. Jack will use these techniques to study the metabolism of microalgae and seaweeds, with potential applications in seafood safety, novel foods, and biotechnology. Jack has particular interests in synthetic biology, photosynthetic organisms, and biotechnology for sustainability research projects.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Biotechnology and synthetic biology
  • Systems biology
  • Bioremediation
  • Metabolism and photosynthesis
  • Protein and metabolite extraction
  • Genetic engineering of microorganisms
  • Bioinformatics and high-throughput data analysis


  • PhD, Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, U.K. 2020
  • BSc Plant Biotechnology (Hons, 1st Class), University of Otago, New Zealand, 2013



Jack Hervey