Dr. Marjorie Jones
- Awards & Honors
Biochemist (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) who came to ISU in 1985 and teachs in the Chemistry Department.
342.001General Biochemistry I
141.003General Chemistry II
141.008General Chemistry II
299.058Independent Honor Study
299.009Independent Honor Study In Chemistry
499.009Independent Research For The Master's Thesis
290.034Research In Biological Sciences
290.009Research in Chemistry
490.009Research In Chemistry
Teaching Interests & Areas
General Biochemistry and Biochemistry labs as well as courses in Lipids, Carbohydrates, and Biological Catalysts AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS: (Registered Student Organization) RSO Advisor of the Year Award 2011 College Outstanding Service Award 2009-2010 ISU Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Arts and Sciences (1990) ISU Distinguished Science Teacher Award (1997) Faculty Fellow of CeMaST at ISU (2008) Treasurer for Local Section of ACS in 2009-2010 ISU Faculty Dorm Mentor of the Year Award for 2005-06 Chemist of the Year for the Illinois Heartland Local Section of the American Chemical Society (2006)
Research Interests & Areas
Research Directions for the Jones' Lab: Choline is a molecule used to make the membrane component phosphatidylcholine. Although most organisms make their own choline, one type of parasitic protozoans, called Leishmania, is not able to do so and therefore must get the choline from their hosts. These parasitic protozoans infect more than 20-25 million people world-wide and some 350 million people are at risk since they live in areas where Leishmania diseases are endemic. At least 12 species of the genus Leishmania are human pathogens and other species infect animals such as horses, cows, dogs, as well as reptiles. Such diseases can be expressed as skin infections, infections in the mucus membranes of mouth and throat, as well as infections in the internal organs. There are very few good therapies currently being used to treat human Leishmania diseases. This is, in part, because the treatments are expensive, have severe side effects, and drug resistance is also developing. Thus a major area of research in the Jones' Lab is the use of unique inorganic and organic molecules such as choline derivatives as potential cytotoxic agents for Leishmania diseases. We test various compounds for their ability to affect the growth of these protozoans in culture. We specifically use the Leishmania tarentolae species which is not pathogenic for humans but is for reptiles. We can thus safely use this species which is easily cultured as our model system. Microscopic changes in cell shape, size, and motility as well as analysis for cell viability are done following addition of derivatives at various concentrations. We are working to determine the mechanism of cytotoxicity of the effective compounds. We are also testing some metal complexes (especially vanadium) to assess their potential toxicity for Leishmania. The long term goal is to develop these various classes of materials as selective pharmaceutical drugs to treat human or domestic animal Leishmania diseases.