Member profile

Professor Huw Jones

Last updated: 24 August 2020

Huw D Jones is Professor of Translational Genomics for Plant Breeding at IBERS Aberystwyth University. His research applies biotechnology approaches to study functional genomics in cereals with a current focus on gene editing. He also has interests in plant tissue culture, chloroplast transformation, RNAi and in validating promoters for targeting expression to pre-defined tissues. As a university academic he collaborates widely and has published over 110 research papers, books and other articles in plant molecular genetics and biotechnology.

In addition to his research and teaching interests he has expertise in risk assessment and food safety. He is a member of the Aberystwyth University GM safety committee and served on the GMO panel of European Food Safety Authority from 2009-2018, the last two years as vice-chair. He has also co-authored over 150 scientific risk assessment opinions and guidance documents for EFSA.

Professor Jones has an MSc (Biotechnology), a PhD (Molecular Biology and Intracellular Signalling) from Bristol University and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) in 2002. He has experience of chairing expert groups such as the EFSA GMO panel, the UK Plant Sciences Federation Working Group on Regulatory Frameworks and sessions on safety of genome editing at the OECD Conference Paris, June 2018. He is a member of the management board and working group leader of the iPLANTA EU COST Action (CA15223 Modifying plants to produce interfering RNA) and a member of the PlantEd EU COST Action (CA18111 Genome editing in plants - a technology with transformative potential).

Professor Jones joined the ACNFP in May 2019.

Register of interests

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Current

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Organisation/Body & Nature of Interest 

Direct employment

Aberystwyth University (2016-present)

Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies

BBSRC Grant review panels (2000-present)

Various Universities: UK & International- External PhD viva examiner, receiving a small honorarium & expenses (2007-present)

Small payments for academic book royalties & editing (1990-present)

Non-Personal

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Organisation/Body & Nature of Interest 

Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations

Fellow of Royal Society Biology (2002-present)

Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations

BBSRC Core Strategic Programme Grant Resilient Crops BB/CSP1730/1 (2017-present)

Supervisor for Aberystwyth Uni/Syngenta PhD studentship (2017-2020)

EU COST Action PlantEd Genome editing in plants- representative (2019-present)

EU COST Action: iPlantaCA15223- UK rep, working group & management committee member (2017-present)

Historic

Personal

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Organisation/Body & Nature of Interest 

Direct employment

Rothamsted Research (1998-2016)

Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies

Expert, GMO Panel, European Food Safety Authority (2009-2018)

Honorary Professor, School of Biosciences, Nottingham University (2009-2018)

Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations

Chair, UK Plant Sciences Federation Working Group on Regulatory Frameworks (2014-2015)

Monogram Steering Committee (2011-2015)

Non-Personal

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Organisation/Body & Nature of Interest 

Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations

Honorary researcher, Rothamsted Research UK (2016-2019)

Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations

Responsible for research funded by BBSRC Tools & Resources Development Fund BB/L017768/1

Led research project funded by Aberystwyth Uni Transforming Social Science Fund (2017-2018)

BBSRC Global Food Security Programme Communication Group (2013 – 2016)