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Dr Abigail Sharrock

Abigail Sharrock

Dr Abigail Sharrock

FOCUS: Identification and engineering of enzymes for anti-cancer gene therapy and targeted cell ablation applications.

I am an experienced scientific researcher with a demonstrated history of working in both academia and industry. I have expertise in areas including molecular biology, enzyme engineering, tissue culture, protein purification, microscopy, X-ray crystallography, zebrafish husbandry and data analysis. My current research focuses on the development of improved methods of targeted cellular ablation for both cancer gene therapy and degenerative disease modelling, and design of next-generation gene delivery vectors to support cancer therapies.

A major theme of my research is directed evolution, artificial acceleration of rates of mutation and recombination in genes and genomes, and selection of variants with improved qualities. I also have a developing interest in metagenomic biodiscovery of valuable enzymes from the unculturable bacterial communities present in diverse environmental samples.

Outside of the lab I enjoy testing out new baking recipes and dabbling in art, drawing and photography.



  • PhD, Biotechnology

    Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

  • MSc, Biological Sciences

    University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

  • BSc, Biochemistry

    University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand