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Dr Amanda Jones

Associate Professor

Department: Applied Sciences

HLS Staffprofile Amanda Jones 1 After obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences at Sunderland University, Amanda worked for a number of years in microbial research at Freeman Hospital, who subsequently cofounded her PhD at Newcastle University under the supervision of Professor Michael Goodfellow. Amanda continued to work as a postgraduate research associate, in the field of microbial systematics at Newcastle University until the beginning of 2009, where upon Amanda took her post as a Lecturer in Biology.

Amanda was a member of the ISBA 14 Organising Committee, the 14th International Symposium on the Biology of the Actinomycetes, Newcastle upon Tyne, August 2007. In 2009 Amanda was appointed guest editor for the Antonie van Leeuwenhoek special issue from the 15th International Symposium on the Biology of the Actinomycetes, Shanghai. In 2011 Amanda was appointed co-chair for the Emerging pathogenic actinomycetes at the 16th International Symposium on the Biology of the Actinomycetes, Mexico and guest editor for the Antonie van Leeuwenhoek special issue from the same conference. In addition to being elected chairperson of the International Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of Nocardia and related genera. Amanda is currently a Charter Member of Bergey’s International Society for Microbial Systematics, a member of The Society for General Microbiology and Society for Applied Microbiology.

Professional Activity

Associate Editor, Bergey’s International Society for Microbial Systematics (BISMiS) Bulletin.

Associate Editor, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Decontamination Strategies Used for AFB Culture Significantly Reduce the Viability of Mycobacterium abscessus Complex in Sputum Samples from Patients with Cystic Fibrosis, Stephenson, D., Perry, A., Nelson, A., Robb, A., Thomas, M., Bourke, S., Perry, J., Jones, A. 27 Jul 2021, In: Microorganisms
  • Phosphonopeptides Revisited, in an Era of Increasing Antimicrobial Resistance, Marrs, E., Varadi, L., Bedernjak, A., Day, K., Gray, M., Jones, A., Cummings, S., Anderson, R., Perry, J. 23 Mar 2020, In: Molecules
  • An evaluation of methods for the isolation of nontuberculous mycobacteria from patients with cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and patients assessed for lung transplantation, Stephenson, D., Perry, A., Appleby, M., Lee, D., Davison, J., Johnston, A., Jones, A., Nelson, A., Bourke, S., Thomas, M., de Soyza, A., Lordan, J., Lumb, J., Robb, A., Samuel, J., Walton, K., Perry, J. 21 Jan 2019, In: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
  • Decontamination, Stephenson, D., Nelson, A., Perry, J., Jones, A. 2019
  • Nontuberculous mycobacteria, fungi and bacterial co-isolation from cystic fibrosis specimens, Stephenson, D., Perry, A., Jones, A., Perry, J. 2019
  • Refined Systematics of the Genus Rhodococcus Based on Whole Genome Analyses, Sangal, V., Goodfellow, M., Jones, A., Seviour, R., Sutcliffe, I. 2019, Biology of Rhodococcus
  • Isolation of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria from SPutum Samples - RGM-Medium vs Routine AFB Culture, Stephenson, D., Jones, A., de Soyza, A., Bourke, S., Samuel, J., Perry, J. 2018
  • S25 Enhanced detection of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) in patients with bronchiectasis using RGM medium compared to conventional AFB culture, Stephenson, D., Jones, A., Nelson, A., Perry, J., de Soyza, A. 1 Dec 2018, In: Thorax
  • Superior isolation of non-tuberculous mycobacteria from patients with cystic fibrosis and other lung pathologies using a novel agar medium: RGM compared with standard AFB culture, Stephenson, D., Perry, A., Appleby, M., Johnston, A., Jones, A., Nelson, A., Bourke, S., de Soyza, A., Lordan, J., Walton, K., Perry, J. 8 Jun 2018, ASM Microbe 2018 International Conference
  • A novel culture medium for isolation of rapidly-growing mycobacteria from the sputum of patients with cystic fibrosis, Preece, C., Perry, A., Gray, B., Kenna, D., Jones, A., Cummings, S., Robb, A., Thomas, M., Brodlie, M., O'Brien, C., Bourke, S., Perry, J. 1 Mar 2016, In: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Shaping the future of taxonomy through learning, teaching and assessment 2014
  • Oral presentation: Whole genome analyses support the taxonomic separation of “Rhodococcus equi” from other rhodococci 2014
  • Oral presentation: Larvicide bacteria found in Culex mosquitoes: a potential biological control approach. European Congress of Entomology 2014

PGR Supervision

  • Jesmine Lim Characterisation of the Prokaryotic Community of Lake Suigetsu, Japan: Towards a Novel Palaeoenvironment Research Biomarker Start Date: 05/10/2009 End Date: 13/11/2014
  • Emma Marrs An Evaluation of Antimicrobial Compounds for Clinical and Diagnostic Use with Particular Emphasis on Phosponopeptides Start Date: 01/10/2011 End Date: 13/06/2016
  • Dominic Stephenson Modifying Mycobacterial Isolation and Identification Approaches for Patients with Pulmonary Disease Start Date: 01/05/2017
  • Karen Walker Utilisations of metagenomics to underpin novel culture based approaches in the bioprospecting of extreme habitats for novel antimicrobial agents. Start Date: 01/03/2019
  • Clare Preece A Study of the Diagnosis, Treatment and Epidemiology of Mycobacterium abscessus in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis Start Date: 01/06/2016 End Date: 29/09/2017


  • PCAPL July 01 2011
  • Microbiology PhD September 01 1999
  • Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) September 01 1994
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014
  • Full Member Society for General Microbiology (SGM) 2014
  • Full Ordinary Member Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) 2014
  • Member Standing Conference of Organisational Study 2014
  • Member University & College Union (UCU) 2014

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