Dr. Matthew Jones

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building - Room G23

Office hours: Monday 9-11am

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Current positions

Teaching Fellow in Biomedical Science; Deputy Programme Leader in Biomedical Science; Admissions Tutor for Biomedicine Programmes

Biography

I graduated from the University of Salford in 2016 having completed a BSc in Biomedical Science with Professional Experience. I went on to complete a MSc by research at the University of Salford in 2017 under the supervision on Professor Niroshini Nirmalan, with the focus of this work examining the interplay of inflammatory cytokines following major traumatic injury.

In 2017, I undertook an industrially funded PhD with Dr David Greensmith at the University of Salford, investigating the chemical composition and anti-cancer potential of Boswellia carterii oleoresins. During my project, I also had the opportunity to utilise state of the art epi-fluorescent microscopy techniques to begin to understand the impact of traditionally utilised phytochemicals on cardiac myocyte function.

Following the completion of my PhD in 2021, I was appointed as a senior teaching technician in Biomedical Science at the university of Salford, before transition to my current role as a Teaching Fellow in Biomedical Science in December 2021.

Areas of research

Phytomedicine, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Natural Products, Drug Interactions

Teaching

I am the Deputy Programme Leader for the Biomedical Science Programme, with an emphasis on supporting level 4 students. I teach across a wide range of undergraduate modules across all levels including Biomedical Skills, Professional Skills, and Translational Research Skills. I am the module leader for the first-year laboratory skills module Biomedical Skills. I also teach on numerous MSc programmes, specifically on the Professional Practice, Research Design and Discovery and Postgraduate Scholarship Skills. I supervise research projects at undergraduate and MSc levels.

Research Interests

My research interests align to better understanding the therapeutic potential of novel phytochemicals and phytomedicines for the treatment of cancer, infection and inflammatory conditions. Further to this, I also have an interest in understanding the interactions of traditionally used phytomedicines with clinically utilised molecules to determine if they can be used to enhance effectiveness or mitigate off-target effects. I am also particularly interested in the cardiotoxic effects of phytomedicines and their activity on a single cell level.

My experimental expertise include: Flow cytometry, fluorescent and confocal microscopy, automated microscopy, analytical chemistry techniques including high-performance-liquid chromatography (HPLC) and mass spectrometry.

Qualifications and Memberships

Qualifications

  • 2016: BSc Biomedical Science with Professional Experience (First Class (Hons)): University of Salford
  • 2017: MSc by Research (MRes): University of Salford
  • 2021: PhD in Biological Sciences: University of Salford

Memberships

  • Member of the Physiological Society (2016 – Present)
  • Member of the British Society for Cardiovascular Research (2017 – Present)
  • Member of the Biochemical Society (2018 – Present)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (2020 – Present)