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Dr Amanda Jones

Programme Leader for MSc Microbiology and BSc Biology

Department: Applied Sciences

Dr Amanda L Jones is Programme Leader for MSc Microbiology and BSc Biology in the Department of Biology, Food and Nutritional 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.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences, PhD

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Amanda is a specialist bacterial taxonomist with strong interests in the taxonomy of mycolic acid containing actinomycetes, rapid identification systems for pathogenic actinomycetes and antibiotic sensitivity testing of pathogenic actinomycetes. Her field demands that she has a great practical knowledge regarding the selective isolation of microbes from complex samples / communities and analysis of their components / properties and an eye for detail in using these skills in classifying microbes.

Sponsors and Collaborators

External:

Professor Michael Goodfellow (Newcastle University)

Visiting Professor John Perry (Freeman Hospital)

Dr Paul Hoskisson (Strathclyde University)

Dr Roland Koerner (Sunderland Royal Hospital)

Key Publications

Preece, Clair, Wichelhaus, Thomas, Perry, Audrey, Jones, Amanda, Cummings, Stephen, Perry, John, Hogardt, Michael and Land, G. A. (2016) Evaluation of Various Culture Media for Detection of Rapidly Growing Mycobacteria from Patients with Cystic Fibrosis. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 54 (7). pp. 1797-1803. ISSN 0095-1137

Jones, A.L., Koerner, R.J., Natarajan, Perry, J.D. & Goodfellow, M. (2008). Dietziapapillomatosissp. nov., a novel actinomycete isolated from the skin of an immunocompetent patient with confluent and reticulated papillomatosis. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology58, 68-72.

Jones, A.L., Payne, G.D. & Goodfellow, M. (2010) Williamsiafaenisp. nov., a novel actinomycete isolated from a hay meadow. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology60, 2548-2551.

Goodfellow, M., Stach, J.E., Brown, R., Bonda, A.N., Jones, A.L., Mexson, J., Fiedler, H.P., Zucchi, T.D. and Bull, A.T. (2012). Verrucosispora maris sp. nov., a novel deep-sea actinomycete isolated from a marine sediment which produces abyssomicins. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, 101, 185-193.

Ahmed, L., Jensen, P.R., Freel, K.C., Brown, R., Jones, A.L., Kim, B.Y. and Goodfellow, M. (2013). Salinispora pacifica sp. nov., an actinomycete from marine sediments. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, 103, 1069-1078.

Jones, A.L., Davies, J., Fukuda, M., Brown, R., Lim, J. and Goodfellow, M. (2013). Rhodococcus jostii: a home for Rhodococcus strain RHA1. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, 104, 435-440

Jones, A.L., Sutcliffe, I.C. and Goodfellow, M. (2013). Prescottia equi gen. nov., comb. nov.: a new home for an old pathogen. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, 103, 655-671.

To view my full list of publications, please visit the Northumbria Research Link

Professional Activity

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

http://www.bismis.org/

Associate Editor, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.

http://ijs.sgmjournals.org/content/journal/ijsem


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