Leanne Jones
Phone: 206-7066
Office: 5139 Terasaki Life Science Bldg.


PhD, Harvard University, Microbiology And Molecular Geneticss
BS, Washington and Lee University, Biology

Research Interests

Stem cells are the building blocks during development of organisms as varied as plants and humans. In addition, stem cells provide for the maintenance and regeneration of tissues, such as blood and skin, throughout the lifetime of an individual. The ability of stem cells to contribute to these processes depends on their ability to divide and generate both new stem cells (self-renewal) as well as specialized cell types (differentiation). The Jones lab uses the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and mammalian intestinal tissue as model systems to establish paradigms for how stem cell behavior is controlled.

Selected Publications

M. Loza-Coll and D. L. Jones, "Simultaneous control of stemness and differentiation by the transcription factor Escargot in adult stem cells: how can we tease them apart?", Fly 10 (2): 53-59 (2016).

Martin Resnik, C. L. Koheler, R. Clarke, J.M. Schinaman, V. Sauer, C. D?Alterio, D. Wong, S. Lewis, Y. Wu, E. Stefani, D. Walker, and D. L. Jones, "ricellular junctions regulate intestinal stem cell behavior to maintain homeostasis", Nature Cell Biology In press: (2016).

A. E. Conway§ E. L. Van Nostrand§, G.A. Pratt, S. Aigner, M. L. Wilbert, B. Sundararaman, P. Freese, N. J. Lambert, S. Sathe, T. Y. Liang, A. Essex, S. Landais, C.B. Burge, D. L. Jones*, G. W. Yeo*, "Enhanced CLIP uncovers IMP protein-RNA targets in human pluripotent stem cells important for cell adhesion and survival", Cell Reports 15 (3): 666-679 (2016).

H. Toledano and D.L. Jones, "Age-related changes to Drosophila m. Male Germline Stem Cells", In: Stem Cell Aging: Mechanisms, Consequences, Rejuvenation 71-84 (2015).

K. Münger and D.L. Jones, "HPV Carcinogenesis- An identity crisis in the Retinoblastoma Tumor Suppressor Pathway", Journal of Virology 89 (9): 4708-4711 (2015).

R. Demarco, Å. Eikenes, K. Heglund, and D.L.Jones, "Investigating spermatogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster", Methods 68 (1): 218-227 (2014).

M. Loza Coll, T. Southall, S. Sandall, A. Brand, and D.L. Jones, "Regulation of Drosophila intestinal stem cell maintenance and differentiation by the transcription factor Escargot", EMBO Journal 33 (24): 2983-2996 (2014).

J. P. Korzelius, S.K. Naumann, M.A. Loza-Coll, J.S.K.Chan, D. Dutta, J. Oberheim, C. Glaesser, T. Southall, A. Brand, D. L. Jones, B.A. Edgar, "Escargot maintains stemness and suppresses differentiation in Drosophila intestinal stem cells", EMBO Journal 33 (24): 2967-2982 (2014).

Resende, L.P.F., Boyle, M., Tran, D., Fellner, T. & Jones, D. L., "Headcase promotes cell survival and niche maintenance in the Drosophila testis", PLoS One 8 (7): (2013).

J.H. Hur, S. Bahadorani, J. Graniel, C.L. Koehler, M. Ulgherait, M. Rera, D.L. Jones, and D.W. Walker, "Increased food intake and longevity mediated by yeast NDI1 expression in Drosophila intestinal stem and progenitor cells", Aging 5 (9): (2013).

H. Toledano, C. D'Alterio, M. Loza-Coll, and D.L. Jones, "Dual fluorescent detection of protein and RNA in Drosophila tissues", Nature Protocols 7: 1808-1817 (2012).

H. Toledano, C. D'Alterio, B. Czech, E. Levine, and D.L. Jones, "The let-7-Imp axis regulates aging of the Drosophila testis stem cell niche", Nature 485: 605-610 (2012).

C. Wong and D.L. Jones, "Efficiency of spermatogonial dedifferentiation during aging", PLoS One 7 (3): (2012).

L. P. Resende and D.L. Jones, "Local Signaling within stem cell niches: lesson from Drosophila", Curr. Op. in Cell Biol 24 (2): 225-231 (2012).

D.L. Jones and T.A. Rando, "Emerging models and paradigms of stem cell ageing", Nat Cell Biol 13: 506-512 (2011).