JJ gained his PhD in Cambridge at the Plant Breeding Institute in 1980 , and then spent 2 years as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard with Fred Ausubel working on symbiotic nitrogen fixation. From 1983-1988 JJ worked as a Research Scientist with AGS, an agbiotech startup company in Oakland, California, before moving to the UK where he was one of the first recruits at the Sainsbury Laboratory in 1988. He was among the first to clone and study plant disease resistance genes. He is currently Head of the Sainsbury Laboratory.
JJ was elected a Professor at the University of East Anglia in 1997, a member of EMBO in 1998, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2003. He is a highly cited plant researcher [ http://in-cites.com/top/2007/first07-pla.html ]. He is a cofounder of Mendel Biotechnology (www.mendelbio.com) and (with Cathie Martin) of Norfolk Plant Sciences, established to combine improved crop disease resistance with consumer benefits. His publications include:
- The plant immune system, Jones JD, Dangl JL. Nature. 2006 Nov; 444 (7117) 323-9
- Plant pathogens and integrated defence responses to infection, Dangl JL, Jones JD. Nature. 2001 Jun 14; 411 (6839): 826-33.
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He also contributes to the public debate on GMOs; http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/jonathan_dg_jones/