Dr Vicky Jones – Scientific Consultant

mask drawingVicky Jones graduated from Salford University in 2003 after completing an honours degree in Biochemistry. During the later stages of her degree, Vicky was unfortunately witnessing the deterioration of two of her grandparents, who were both suffering from dementia. This experience deeply influenced Vicky’s decision to study for a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Manchester. Her thesis, completed in 2007, used novel lentiviral techniques to explore the morphology and continuity of the endoplasmic reticulum in neurons. Vicky’s work provided the first direct evidence that the endoplasmic reticulum is a single continuous entity in continuous healthy nerve cells. Her work was published in two papers and presented at the American Society for Cell Biology international meeting in 2006 (for which she won a coveted travel award) and the joint meeting of the Biochemical Society, British Pharmacological Society and Physiological Society in 2007 (where she was awarded best poster). Due to her profound interest in neurodegenerative disease, Vicky extended her thesis work as a postdoctoral researcher, funded by the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, applying her techniques to study the disruption of the endoplasmic reticulum in nerve cells associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Vicky also contributed to research into the impairment of neurogenesis in brains from a triple transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Vicky was invited to present this work at the faculty of life sciences research symposium in 2008, where she won the prize for best seminar.

Remaining at the University of Manchester, Vicky’s most recent postdoctoral position has seen a shift in her research focus from the endoplasmic reticulum to endosomal maturation. More specifically, Vicky is currently interested in the regulation of ESCRT complexes, dysfunction of which is associated with many dementias.

Vicky has taken on additional responsibilities for the teaching and development of numerous undergraduate and postgraduate students, has lead teaching seminars and designed and run community outreach sessions. Earlier this year, Vicky was appointed Widening Participation Award Holder for the faculty of life sciences, a role which will see her further expand her community engagement activities,

Throughout her career, Vicky has recognised the importance of public communication of science and has strived wherever possible to use novel ways to engage the public in her research. The proposed project with Aqueous Humour offers Vicky the opportunity for to broaden her scope for public engagement, engage new audiences and hopefully initiate regular arts-science collaborations.