- Scholarship in 2017 at Institute Pasteur, Unité Dynamique des Interactions Hôte-Pathogène
Jakson has started his postdoctoral training in the team of Maximilliano GUTIERREZ at the Francis Crick Institute from Fall 2020. He completed his high school at St. Joseph's College in 2011. He received his B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Hong Kong in 2014, completed his M.Phil. degree in Life Science (Molecular Medicine) under Prof. King L. CHOW at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2016. Jakson obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology under Dr. Jost ENNINGA at the Institut Pasteur in 2020.
Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of Tuberculosis, is a lethal pathogen leading to ~10 millions of infection and claiming 1.4 million lives in 2019 (CDC 2020). Jakson's research aims at understanding the complex interactions between the host and the pathogen at the cellular level, using Mycobacterium tuberculosis and human induced pluripotent stem cells-derived macrophages as a model. The team employs a multidiscipline approach, from genetics to biochemistry, microscopy to bioinformatics, to decipher the dynamic interplay between the host and the pathogen during infection. Jakson's work focuses on the development of an adhesive micropatterned substrate system for long-term monitoring of macrophage-Mycobacterium interactions. Their ultimate goal is to develop a prediction system of the pathological outcomes basing on the complex pre-infection parameters.