pjones

I have a PhD in Molecular Biology form the University of Nottingham and am now a post-doc in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester. I use molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology approaches to understand the basic mechanisms of cardiovascular disease.

Articles by pjones:

Sonication – 7 Tips for Mastering the art

Sonication is mostly used during preparation of protein extracts to help break apart the cell. Although most lysis buffers have buckets of detergent that lyse cell membranes, sonication just gives an extra hand in breaking everything apart. Sonication also breaks up, or shears, DNA in a sample—preventing if from interfering with further sample preparation. Have…

22 Sep 2016 Cells and Model Organisms

CRISPR Genome Editing – What You Need to Know to Get Started

I’m sure that anyone in the world of biology has heard of CRISPR-Cas genome editing by now, but I’m hoping to give you some ideas on what CRISPR-Cas can do for you and what using it involves.

09 Jul 2016 DNA / RNA Manipulation and Analysis

How to Find Your Mutated Cells After Using CRISPR-Cas Genome Editing

After you’ve generated your mutuations using CRISPR-Cas, the next step is to identify those cells that have been successfully edited. There are a few different ways to check for the mutations. I’m going to discuss some of the more popular ones.

09 Jul 2016 DNA / RNA Manipulation and Analysis

Isoelectric Focusing for separation of proteins and peptides

SDS-PAGE is the standard technique used for separation of proteins in the lab, but that doesn’t meant that other techniques don’t have their place–one such technique is isoelectric focusing (IEF). IEF, also known simply as electrofocusing, is a technique for separating charged molecules, usually proteins or peptides, on the basis of their isoelectric point (pI),…

09 Jul 2016 Protein Expression & Analysis