Dr Richard P O Jones

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Biomedical and Forensic Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Life sciences

Richard has over 15 years' postdoctoral experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, and cell biology. He teaches on our biomedical science degrees (undergraduate and postgraduate) and biotechnology Masters, leading a number of modules on each course.

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Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Richard completed four Postdoctoral Research Associate positions at Yale University (USA) and at the universities of Leeds, Manchester and York.

Research interests

Richard’s research interests include biochemical and biophysical studies of extracellular matrix and membrane proteins implicated in human eye, skin and vascular diseases. He collaborates with Professor Clair Baldock and Dr Tao Wang (University of Manchester, UK) and Professor Gladys Ko (Texas A&M University, USA) investigating the structure and function of eye proteins, the dysfunctions of which are implicated in different macular degenerations.

Richard's broad background has enabled him to supervise students’ final year bioinformatics and meta analyses projects in areas including dystonia; Huntington’s disease; myasthenia gravis; generalized anxiety disorder; legal and illegal highs; infection of cardiac rhythm management devices; foods for treatment of diseases; bioinformatics analyses of a variety of proteins; myocardial infarction; cancer biomarkers; fluid bag seal strength; diabetes and diabetic retinopathy; and amblyopia.


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MSc Biomedical Science, MSc Biotechnology, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science


  • PGCLTHE, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MB ChB Medicine, University of Leeds School of Medicine
  • PhD in NMR Spectroscopy, University of Manchester Department of Chemistry and Zeneca Pharmaceuticals Department of Cardiovascular and Musculoskeletal Research
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry and Molecular Physics, University of Nottingham

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Biochemical Society, and Local Ambassador for Anglia Ruskin University
  • Reviewer, Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (Wiley)
  • Editorial Board Member, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing (Elsevier). MSSP has an international profile and a broad scope including therapeutics, biomedical devices, biotechnology, green energy, photoconductors, and sensors

Selected recent publications

Jones, R.P.O. and Milner, N., 2014. Meeting Report – Biomedical Research Conference, 9 April 2014, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. The Biochemist, 36(5), p.68.

Stemberk, V., Jones, R.P.O., Moroz, O., Atkin, K.E., Edwards, A.M., Turkenburg, J.P., Leech, A.P., Massey, R.C. and Potts, J.R., 2014. Evidence for steric regulation of fibrinogen binding to Staphylococcus aureus fibronectin-binding protein A (FnBPA). Journal of Biological Chemistry, 289, pp.12842-12851. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M113.543546.

Miles, J.R., Willis, M.R., Jones, R.P.O., 2012. Photoconduction properties of some monomeric phthalocyanines and dibromoanthrone. Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, 15(1), pp.61-72. DOI: 10.1016/j.mssp.2011.08.006 (selected for the relaunch first issue of volume 15 that includes higher-quality papers).

Norris, N.C., Bingham, R.J., Harris, G., Speakman, A., Jones, R.P.O., Leech, A., Turkenburg, J.P. and Potts, J.R., 2011. Structural and functional analysis of the tandem beta-zipper interaction of a streptococcal protein with fibronectin. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 286(44), pp.38311-38320. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M111.276592 (a JBC 'Paper of the Week' and designated one of 20 'Best JBC Papers of 2011' from over 4,000 papers).

Kitilenko, P., He, G., Mankoo, B., Carapuco, M., Mallo, M., Jones, R.P.O. and Bobola, N., 2011. Transient activation of Meox1 is an early component of the gene regulatory network downstream of Hoxa2. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 31(6), pp.1301-1308. DOI: 10.1128/MCB.00705-10.

Kuruvatti, J., Prasad, V., Williams, R., Harrison, M.A. and Jones, R.P.O., 2011. Motivations for Donating Blood and Reasons Why People Lapse or Never Donate in Leeds, England: A 2001 Questionnaire-Based Survey. Vox Sanguinis, 101(4), pp.333-338. DOI: 10.1111/j.1423-0410.2011.01488.x (this paper provided data requested recently by three independent institutions).

Gui, J., Wang, T., Jones, R.P.O., Trump, D., Zimmer, T. and Lei, M., 2010. Multiple loss-of-function mechanisms contribute to SCN5A-related familial sick sinus syndrome. PLoS One, 5(6), e10985. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010985.

Jones, R.P.O., Durose, L.J., Phillips, C., Keen, J.N., Findlay, J.B.C. and Harrison, M.A., 2010. A site-directed cross-linking approach to the characterization of subunit E-G contacts in the V-ATPase stator. Molecular Membrane Biology, 27(4-6), pp.147-59. DOI: 10.3109/09687681003796441.

Jones, R.P.O., Ridley, C., Jowitt, T.A., Wang, M-C., Howard, M., Bobola, N., Wang, T., Bishop, P.N., Kielty, C.M., Baldock, C., Lotery, A.J. and Trump, D., 2010. Structural effects of fibulin 5 mutations associated with age-related macular degeneration & cutis laxa. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 51(5), pp.2356-62. DOI: 10.1167/iovs.09-4620.