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Laundette Jones, PhD, MPH

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Epidemiology & Public Health

Secondary Appointment(s):


Additional Title:

Associate Director, Science Training for Advancing Biomedical Research Postbaccalaureate Education Program (STAR-PREP); Deputy Director, Program in Health Disparities and Population Health

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-7331

Education and Training

  • Morgan State University, BS, Chemistry, 1992
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, 2000
  • National Cancer Institute, NIH, Postdoctoral study, Laboratory of Experimental Carciniogenesis, 2001
  • Georgetown University, Lombardi Cancer Center, Postdoctoral Study, Tumor Biology 2005
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore, MPH, Community and Population Health, 2018


Dr. Jones has over 15 years of basic laboratory research with a focus on mammary carcinogenesis and utilizing transgenic mouse models to identify genetic and environmental risk factors for breast cancer. This work has led to important areas of discovery that has contributed to understanding the relationship between BRCA1 mutations, physiological changes in adipose tissue, and mammary tumor progression.

Her research program has broadened to work more collaboratively across scientific disciplines and engaging community partners to diagnose complex health issues through the understanding of the interplay of biological, environmental, and social factors.  To cultivate this transdisciplinary effort, Dr. Jones and partners, Ulysses & Chrysalinn Archie (Co-founders of the Baltimore Gift Economy) were awarded and served as co-PIs for a seed grant from the UMB Center for Global Education Initiatives (CGEI) for their project entitled, “Development of a Community-Academic Partnership (CAP) Learning Exchange in West/Southwest Baltimore.”  The Baltimore Gift Economy, a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc., is community-based organization in Baltimore City that seeks to bridge and build communities of compassion, trust and wholeness (  Ultimately, their community-academic partnership is developing a novel learning exchange program that melds the wisdom of both academic and non-academic stakeholders and creates opportunities to build trusting relationships that produce comprehensive, place-based strategies for eliminating health disparities.   

Research/Clinical Keywords

Mammary gland carcinogenesis, Adipose tissue biology, Breast Cancer Survivorship, Health Equity, Environmental Health Sciences, Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

Highlighted Publications

Jones LP, Buelto D, Tago E, Owusu-Boaitey K. (2011) Abnormal mammary adipose tissue environment of Brca1 mutant mice show a persistent deposition of highly vascularized multilocular adipocytes.  J Can Sci & Ther * Corresponding author

Cao Q, Hersl J, La H, Smith M, Jenkins J, Goloubeva O, Vasken Dilsizian,Tkaczuk K, Chen W, Jones L.  (2014) A Pilot Study of FDG PET/CT Detects a Link Between Brown Adipose Tissue and Breast Cancer.  BMC-Cancer, 14:126.

Sigl V, Owusu-Boaitey K, Joshi P, Kavirayani A, Wirnsberger G, Novatchkova N, Kozieradzki I, Schramek D, Edokobi N, Hersl J, Sampson A, Odai-Afotey A, Lazaro C, Gonzalez-Suarez, Pujana M, for CIMBA, Heyn H, Vidai E, Cruickshank J, Berman H, Sarao R, Ticevic M, Uribesalgo I, Tortola L, Rao S, Tan Y, Pfeiler G, Lee E, Zsuzsanna B-H, Kenner L, Popper H, Singer C, Khokha R, Jones LP and Penninger JM.  (2016) RANKL/RANK control Brca1 mutation-driven mammary tumors Co-corresponding authors. Cell Research, 26:761–774.

Bates JP, Derakhshandeh R, Jones L, Webb TJ. (2018)  Mechanisms of Immune Evasion in Breast Cancer. BMC Cancer 181:556

Jones LP, Slade JL,Davenport F, Santos SLZ and Holt CL. (2019) Planning for community scale-up of Project HEAL: Insights from SPRINT initiative.  Health Promotion and Practice. In press


Awards and Affiliations



UMB Community-Based Engagement & Learning Faculty Fellow (2015)




Associate Director, Science Training for Advancing Biomedical Research Postbaccalaureate Program

Deputy Director, Program in Health Disparities and Population Health

Member, The University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC)

Member, Community Health Awareness, Messages, and Prevention (CHAMP) Lab



Community Service

Education Lead, The Journey Continues Breast Cancer Survivorship Group -