Dr Leigh Jones

Leigh Jones

Regional Academic Training Leader at OUCRU & MORU


My passion for capacity building and research support follows a successful career in immunological research, first in the UK and then in Singapore. I have a strong track record in scientific writing reflected in my first authorship publications and further enhanced by my commercial experience in scientific communications. I have developed a rich portfolio of training course content in the area of scientific writing; delivering regular sessions across the SEA region, and beyond, both in a face-to-face and online format.

I aim to establish, promote and develop a culture of training excellence by providing the best environment, support and training particularly for post-graduate students and early career scientists. I am responsible for overseeing the academic programmes delivered in partnership with our educational stakeholders, monitoring and evaluating supervisory and mentorship support networks; and training delivery (or sourcing) to provide personalised development for post-graduate students and early career scientists. The recent integration of this role across OUCRU and MORU provides a unique opportunity to streamline processes and create a larger, and more, connected student and supervisory network enhancing the post-graduate learning experience. I strive to continually improve local academic ecosystems through encouraging collegiality and networking, fostering excellence in mentorship, continual dialogue with stakeholders and partners for improvement and best practice sharing, and championing for better research culture.

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.