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Laundette Jones, PhD, MPH

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Epidemiology & Public Health

Secondary Appointment(s):

Pharmacology

Additional Title:

Deputy Director, Program in Health Equity 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

Biosketch

Dr. Jones is a biosocial researcher with broad training and expertise in the basic biomedical sciences and community and population health. For over 15 years, Dr. Jones led a research laboratory utilizing cell culture and animal models to identify genetic and environmental risk factors for breast cancer. She received international recognition for her contributions towards understanding of the relationship between BRCA1 mutations, sex hormone levels, and cancer risk. Her completion of the MPH degree has uniquely positioned Dr. Jones to build transdisciplinary research teams (from basic scientists, clinicians, public health experts, to communities) that seek to address cancer health disparities through the understanding of the interplay of biological, environmental, and social factors. Currently, her research program utilizes a participatory health research approach to create community-academic partnerships that share and co-generate knowledge to produce comprehensive, context-specific strategies for eliminating health disparities.

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 (https://baltimoregifteconomy.wordpress.com).  

Dr. Jones’ professional activities also include key leadership roles in training, education and outreach. She is the Associate Director for the Science Training for Advancing biomedical Research Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (STAR-PREP). This NIGMS-funded mentored research training program is designed to encourage and prepare recent baccalaureate graduates, coming from underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences, for successful entry into Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs. Dr. Jones also serves as the Associate Director of Community and Social Impact for the Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health and Brain Development (CERCH) at UMSOM. In this role, she provides expertise in building trusting community-academic partnerships, including helping to coordinate, develop, and maintain research infrastructure to enable community participation and developing research protocols that work effectively in community settings. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

Mammary gland carcinogenesis, Adipose tissue biology, Breast Cancer Survivorship, Health Disparities, Environmental Health Sciences, Participatory Health Research

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 http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/1948-5956.S2-004. * 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

Awards:

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

 

 

Affliations:

Associate Director,  Science Training for Advancing Biomedical Research Postbaccalaureate Program

Deputy Director, Program in Health Disparities and Population Health  https://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/programs/disparities/

Associate Director, Transdisciplinary Research and Community Impact,  Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health & Brain Development 

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

Member, Community Health Awareness, Messages, and Prevention (CHAMP) Lab  http://bit.ly/CHAMPLab

 

 

Community Service

Education Lead, The Journey Continues Breast Cancer Survivorship Group -  http://www.tjccares.org/