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Dr Jess Buxton

Dr Jess Buxton is a Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust (PET), and Contributing Editor at the charity's flagship publication BioNews. She was previously Genetics Editor at PET and BioNews, and together with Dr Kirsty Horsey she devised the BioNews writing scheme, which provides practical science writing training and experience for PhD students. Her work for PET has also included writing publications such as An Introduction to Stem Cells, a booklet explaining the science, ethics and regulation of stem cells for a lay readership. She is a British Heart Foundation Scholar at University College London's Institute of Cardiovascular Science. She is also a Natural Sciences Tutor for the Brilliant Club and Press Officer at the British Society for Genetic Medicine, working with James Brooks to coordinate media coverage of the society's annual conference.

Jess was previously a Research Associate at Imperial College London's Faculty of Medicine, where she was a Tutor for the MSc in Human Molecular Genetics. She obtained her PhD in human genetics from the University of London, conducting research into the genetic mutation responsible for myotonic dystrophy at St Mary's Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital. She also has a diploma in Science Communication from Birkbeck College for which she wrote a dissertation on public engagement with human genetics, and she has advised the Science Museum on its human genetics exhibits. She is coauthor (with Jon Turney) of The Rough Guide to Genes and Cloning, and she has contributed a chapter to Human Fertilisation and Embryology: Reproducing Regulation.