Biography

Dr. Antony Jones is a microbiologist with 18 years of experience in the sampling, analysis, assessment, epidemiology, exposure, and risk assessment of microorganisms. He earned a BSc. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. He has focused his academic and consulting experience in the fields of microbial risk assessment, contaminant biodegradation and site assessment. Dr. Jones also specializes in biotechnology regulatory compliance, public and occupational health, and risk assessment. He has expertise in quantitative and qualitative microbial risk assessments of contaminants in food and beverages, and recreational and drinking water, as well as safety evaluation of contaminants associated with consumer products and public exposure to microorganisms. His experience includes investigating the causes and health effects of exposures to a variety of microorganisms including Legionella, Hantavirus, molds, Salmonella, Hepatitis, E. coli, as well as assessing the persistence and prevalence of antibiotic resistance. In addition, he has extensive experience conducting site assessments and assessing the rate of biodegradation of a number of contaminants in differing environments. Notable contributions that Dr. Jones has made to the field of environmental microbiology includes research on quantifying the rate of microbial degradation of polyaromatic hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents in groundwater, characterization of contaminant degrading microbial communities in pristine and contaminant-impacted environments, and investigation of consumer and industrial exposures to Salmonella . In addition, Dr. Jones has evaluated regulatory compliance issues associated with USEPA TSCA MCAN, USEPA FIFRA antimicrobial pesticide registration, FDA GRAS submittals and BMP/GMP food safety-related compliance. His research interests have focused on the characterization and assessment of microorganisms, the identification of sources of microbial pathogens, and the expression of contaminant degradation pathways. More recently, his research has focused on mechanisms used by microorganisms to survive stress environments, including biotechnology regulatory compliance, consumer product safety, microbial risk assessments, and the use of antibiotic resistance genes and other stress-survival techniques. Dr. Jones has published over 24 abstracts, book chapters, presentations and peer-reviewed papers on various microbial assessment, site assessment and risk-related topics.

Education

  • PhD, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom (1999)
  • BSc, Biology, University of York, United Kingdom (1993)

Professional Associations

  • American Society of Microbiology (ASM) - Southern California American Society of Microbiology
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
  • Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
  • Sustain SoCal/Clean Tech OC - Chairman 2019; Board of Directors 2009 to present
  • Riverside and San Bernardino County Bar Associations

Certifications

  • OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER Certification (2001) and 8-hour hazardous waste Health and Safety Supervision (present)