John T. Jones, PhD


John T. Jones is head of the Cell and Molecular Sciences Department at The James Hutton Institute and holds a joint appointment as Professor of Biology at The University of St Andrews. He is also a guest professor at Ghent University, Belgium. John graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from Newcastle University and obtained a PhD from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, on the structure and function of nematode sense organs. This project was undertaken jointly with Rothamsted Research. Following a 2 year postdoctoral position at the University of South Carolina, John moved to The Scottish Crop Research Institute in 1993 and has remained there since then. The Scottish Crop Research Institute merged with the Macauley Land Use Research Institute in 2011 to form The James Hutton Institute. John's research is focused on understanding the molecular basis of the interactions between plant-parasitic nematodes and their hosts and has included extensive analysis of nematode genomes and transcriptomes. John is author or co-author of over 85 refereed research papers and has co-edited two books. John is a member of the editorial board of Nematology and a senior editor for Molecular Plant Pathology.