Dr Christopher Jones

Senior Lecturer

I completed my PhD in molecular entomology at Rothamsted Research (UK) in 2010 before taking a post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) role at LSTM (2010-2013). I returned to Rothamsted as a PDRA to work on the molecular ecology of long-distance insect movement which resulted in acquiring a BBSRC Future Leadership Fellowship.

I recently re-joined the Vector Biology Department at LSTM in 2017 and will be primarily based in the Malaria Group of Dr Anja Terlouw at the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW) in Malawi from January 2018.

I have a broad interest in vector ecology and how it relates to disease transmission. Of personal interest are research topics related to insect dispersal, the evolution and emergence of insecticide resistance, fitness costs and the impact of interventions on vector populations.

At MLW I will establish a Vector Biology research programme based on the above themes with the goal of improving the delivery of targeted vector control interventions with particular focus on reducing disease-burden in Malawi.

Past PhD students:

Toé Hyacinthe, LSTM (AvecNet), 2011-2015

Selected publications

  • Selected Publications

    Jones CM, Papanicolaou A, Mironidis GK, Vontas J, Yang Y, Lim KS, Oakeshott JG, Bass C, Chapman JW (2015) Genome-wide transcriptional signatures of migratory flight activity in a globally invasive insect pest. Molecular Ecology 24: 4901-4911.

    Toè HK, Sagnon NF, Dabirè R, Ranson H & Jones CM. The recent escalation in strength of pyrethroid resistance in Anopheles coluzzi in West Africa is linked to increased expression of multiple gene families. BMC Genomics (2015) 16: 146 doi:10.1186/s12864-015-1342-6

    Ingham VA, Jones CM, Pignatelli P, Balabanidou V, Vontas J, Wagstaff SC, Moore JD & Ranson H. Dissecting the organ specificity of insecticide resistance candidate genes in Anopheles gambiae: known and novel candidate genes. BMC Genomics (2014) 15:1018

    Toé HK, Jones CM, Sagnon NF, Ismail HM, Dabire RK & Ranson H. A dramatic escalation in pyrethroid resistance in malaria vectors compromises bednet efficacy in Burkina Faso. Emerging Infectious Diseases (2014) 20(10): 1691-1696 doi: 10.3201/eid2010.140619

    Edi CV, Djogbénou L, Jenkins AM, Regna K, Muskavitch MAT, Poupardin R, Jones CM, Essandoh J, Kétoh GK, Paine MJI, Koudou BG, Donnelly MJ, Ranson H & Weetman D. CYP6 P450 Enzymes and ACE-1 Duplication Produce Extreme and Multiple Insecticide Resistance in the Malaria Mosquito Anopheles gambiaePLoS Genetics (2014) 10(3): e1004236. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1004236

    Jones CM, Haji KA, Khatib BO, Bagi J, Mcha J, Devine GJ, Daley M, Kabula B, Ali AS, Majambere S & Ranson H. The dynamics of pyrethroid resistance in Anopheles arabiensis from Zanzibar and an assessment of the underlying genetic basis. Parasites & Vectors (2013) 6: 343 doi:10.1186/1756-3305-6-343

    Jones CMLiyanapathirana MAgossa FR, Weetman D, Ranson H, Donnelly MJ & Wilding C. Footprints of positive selection associated with a mutation (N1575Y) in the voltage-gated sodium channel of Anopheles gambiaeProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2012) 109(17): 6614-6619

    Jones CM, Toè HK, Sanou A, Namountougou M, Hughes A, Diabaté A, Dabirè R, Simard F & Ranson H. Additional Selection for Insecticide Resistance in Urban Malaria Vectors: DDT Resistance in Anopheles arabiensis from Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. PLoS One (2012) 7(9): doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045995

    Jones CMMachin C, Mohammed K, Majambere S, Ali AS, Khatib BOMcha J, Ranson H Kelly-Hope, LA. Insecticide resistance in Culex quinquefasciatus from Zanzibar: implications for vector control programmesParasites & Vectors  (2012) 5 (1): 78

    Jones CMSanou A, Guelbeogo WM, Sagnon NFJohnson PCD & Ranson H. Aging partially restores the efficacy of malaria vector control in insecticide-resistant populations of Anopheles gambiae s.l. from Burkina FasoMalaria Journal(2012) 11(1): 24 doi:10.1186/1475-2875-11-24