Research interests include the genetics and molecular biology of single-celled bacteria, phage and some eukaryotic microorganisms, horizontal gene transfer, particularly conjugation, effects of stress, particularly induced by antibiotics and agrochemicals, evolution and risk assessment, influence of language on science and eugenics. Specific interests are the biochemical and genetic characterization of horizontal gene transfer (particularly as it relates to the evolution of virulence and antibiotic resistance in microbes and the risks of genetically modified/engineered organisms) and yeast, bacteria and the test of evolutionary theories.
- Heinemann J. (2020) How agrichemicals cause antibiotic resistance in disease-causing bacteria. Lincoln: Organic Dairy & Pastoral Group Meeting.
- Heinemann JA. and Goldstien S. (2020) ‘Bums off seats’: measuring the effects of active learning in an undergraduate molecular biology curriculum. Journal of Biological Education http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00219266.2020.1748687.
- Heinemann JA., Coray DS. and Kurenbach B. (2020) 14 New Zealand GMO Rules and Regulations in New Zealand. In Chaurasia, A; Hawksworth DL; Pessoa de Miranda M (Ed.), GMOs Implications for Biodiversity Conservation and Ecological Processes Switzerland: Springer. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-53183-6.
- Bishop CM., Gardecka A., Boichot R., Heinemann J. and Krumdieck S. (2019) Nano-structured titania thin films by pulsed pressure-MOCVD with excellent photocatalytic and antimicrobial activity. Nice, France: European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, 27-31 May 2019.
- Fu Q. and Heinemann JA. (2019) Effect of herbicides on antibiotic resistance in Serratia marcescens. Palmerston North: NZMS, 25 Nov 2019.