Head of Training
I received my Ph.D. in Immuno-parasitology from the University of Strathclyde, U.K. studying the immune response during infection with Toxoplasma gondii before moving to the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh where I worked on gastrointestinal nematode infection. In 2010 I relocated to Asia where I worked first at the Singapore Immunology Network, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) then in the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), A*STAR where I worked on a wide range of translational human immunology projects. Throughout my career I have been deeply involved in education, training and scientific communications; dedicating much of my time to mentoring students and staff.
My position at OUCRU allows me to focus on my passion in scientific capacity building and training, with my key roles being coordination of the PhD programmes as well as pastoral care of all students. I am also responsible for organisation of staff and student training for specific scientific skills as well as transferable, “soft” skills such as scientific writing.
I have published 9 articles in international journals as first author and a further 7 as co-author.
5 key recent research articles:
LEIGH JONES, Wen Qi Ho, Sze Ying, Lakshmi Ramakrishna, Kandhadayar Srinivasan, Marina Yurieva, Wan Pei Ng, Sharrada Subramaniam, Nur Hamadee, Sabrina Joseph, Jayashree Dolpady, Koji Atarashi, Kenya Honda, Francesca Zolezzi., Michael Poidinger, Juan Lafaille, Maria Curotto de Lafaille. (2016) A subpopulation of high IL-21-producing CD4+ T cells in Peyer’s Patches is induced by the microbiota and regulates germinal centres. Scientific Reports. 6: 30784. Doi:10. 1038/srep30784.
LEIGH A. JONES, Panagiotis Sakkas, Jos G. M. Houdijk, David P. Knox, Ilias Kyriazakis. (2012) Amelioration of the periparturient relaxation of immunity to parasites through a reduction in mammalian reproductive effort. International Journal for Parasitology. 42: 1127-1134.
Panagiotis Sakkas, LEIGH A. JONES, Jos G. M. Houdijk, Spiridoula Athanasiadou, David P. Knox, Ilias Kyriazakis. (2012) Leucine and methionine deficiency impair immunity to gastrointestinal parasites during lactation. British Journal of Nutrition. 109: 273-282. (Joint first-authorship)
LEIGH A. JONES, Jos G. M. Houdijk, Panagiotis Sakkas, Alec D. Bruce, Mairi Mitchell, David P. Knox, Ilias Kyriazakis. (2011) Dissecting the impact of protein versus energy host nutrition on the expression of immunity to gastrointestinal parasites during lactation. International Journal for Parasitology. 41: 711-719.
LEIGH A. JONES, Shrook Kreem, Muhannad Shweash, Andrew Paul, James Alexander and Craig W. Roberts. (2010) Differential modulation of TLR-3 and TLR-4 mediated dendritic cell maturation and function by progesterone. Journal of Immunology. 185: 4525-4534.