About MIC

Kathleen R. Jones, Ph.D.

Former Graduate Student

Kathleen R. Jones

USU, Emerging Infectious Diseases Graduate Program, Department of Microbiology and Immunology


  • 1999 - Bachelor of Science, Microbiology and Genetics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • 2003 - Master of Science, Interdisciplinary Biology, Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2011 - Doctor of Philosophy, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, Advisor: Dr. D. Scott Merrell

Laboratory Work Experience

1999-2004 - SureTech Laboratories, Land O'Lakes, Indianapolis, Indiana

Selected Publications

Jones K.R., Jang S., Chang J.Y., Kim J., Chung I.S., Olsen C.H., Merrell D.S., Cha J.H. Polymorphisms in the intermediate region of VacA impact Helicobacter pylori-induced disease development. J Clin Microbiol. 49(1):101-10, 2011.

Jones K.R., Whitmire, J.M., Merrell D.S. A tale of two toxins: Helicobacter pylori CagA and VacA modulate host pathways that impact disease. Front Microbiol. 1:115, 2010.

Jang S., Jones K.R., Olsen C.H., Joo Y.M., Yoo Y.J., Chung I.S., Cha J.H., Merrell D.S. Epidemiological link between gastric disease and polymorphisms in VacA and CagA. J Clin Microbiol. 48(2):559-67, 2010.

Jones K.R., Joo Y.M., Jang S., Yoo Y.J., Lee H.S., Chung I.S., Olsen C.H., Whitmire J.M., Merrell D.S., Cha J.H. Polymorphism in the CagA EPIYA motif impacts development of gastric cancer. J Clin Microbiol. 47(4):959-68, 2009.

Jones K.R., Cha J., and Merrell D.S. Who’s Winning the War? Molecular Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance in Helicobacter pylori. Current Drug Therapy 3(3): 190-203, 2008.

Gancz H., Jones K.R., Merrell D.S. Sodium chloride affects Helicobacter pylori growth and gene expression. J Bacteriol. 190(11):4100-5, 2008.

Contact Information

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Room B4137
Phone: (301) 295-1584
Lab: (301) 319-8022
Fax: (301) 295-3773
Email: douglas.merrell@usuhs.edu

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