Miss Jazz Conway

Miss Jazz Conway

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



PhD Researcher - School of biological and marine sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering


2021 - Present PhD in Deep Sea Sponges as a Novel Source of Biologics, University of Plymouth

2019 - 2020 Research Associate to Develop and Characterise a 3D Rainbow trout gut model (RTgutGC) and its use as a model for fish feed additives, University of Plymouth

2016 - 2019 BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences, achieved a 2:1 at the University of Plymouth



Research interests

My research interests include exploring the symbiotic relationship between microbial communities and their host organisms within a marine setting.

My PhD project involves investigating the dynamic relationship of deep sea sponges and their bacterial symbionts as a potential source of secondary metabolites to solve medical challenges such as antimicrobial resistance.

I aim to use novel culturing methods to characterise and culture the once uncultivable, as well as molecular methods to characterise the bacterial communities of deep sea sponges.

I am funded by the One Ocean Hub Project www.oneoceanhub.org, my supervisors are Professor Kerry Howell, Professor Mathew Upton (University of Plymouth) and Professor Rosie Dorrington (Rhodes University).

Research groups

Other research

Previous to my PhD Project, I have undertaken the following research projects:

'Comprehensive characterisation of the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) RTgutGC intestinal cell line using a range of biochemical and transcriptomic methodologies' - Professor Awadhesh Jha and Dr Lee Hutt (Research Assistant; 2019-2020).

'Invertebrate Haemolymph (Manduca sexta) as an Untapped Source of Natural Bioactive Antimicrobial Peptides to Combat AMR Bacteria.' - Professor Mathew Upton and Dr Tina Joshi (Undergraduate final year project; 2019).

'Regulation of macrophage subset inflammatory cytokines of soluble and contact mediated signals from the Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma cell line, H376.' - Dr Andrew Foey (Summer Scholarship Project; 2018).