Jones, Jonathan


(active 1976) Senior Scientist

Jonathan Jones is a leading researcher in plant interactions and biotechnology and has been working at The Sainsbury Laboratory on research into genetic modification since 1988. Before this Jones began his first Scientific role after his PhD at an ag-biotech company Advanced Genetic Sciences (AGS) in Oakland, California. His main areas of focus in his research have been surrounding disease resistance in crops to help feed the planets growing population.

Jones along with his personal research, has helped to co-found two companies specialising in biotechnology. The first of these was Mendel Biotechnology which was founded in 1997 with an aim to discover new regulators of crop productivity. Following this Norfolk Plant Sciences Ltd was founded by Jones combining health promoting traits and disease resistance traits in potato and tomato crops.

During his career Jones has been elected as a Professor at the University of East Anglia, a member of European Molecular Biology Organization, Fellow of the Royal Society, and Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.