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Ecosystems Research

W. Jack Jones

Biotic and abiotic transformations of a chemical stressor following an exposure may lead to the formation of reactive metabolites that are toxic. In response to Program Office (OPP) needs and the goals of EPA’s National Center for Computational Toxicology, my recent research efforts have focused on developing a capability to forecast the metabolism of xenobiotic chemicals that are of  interest to EPA. Research has focused on compiling a xenobiotic chemical metabolism database from both peer-reviewed literature and from Program Office/registrant–submitted data; development of data management tools for ready data access and data evaluation; and development of an in silico simulator of xenobiotic metabolism. The goal is to provide tools to predict metabolism of hazardous chemicals of concern to EPA Program Offices to order to aid chemical risk assessment and registration/re-registration decisions, as well as ti prioritize chemical lists for testing and evaluation.  Prior to beginning this effort, my research focus was on understanding kinetics of microbial transformation and the physicochemical factors that affect microbial transformation of persistent organic pollutants in natural ecosystems, to support the development of environmental fate models.  

Biographical Information

Name: W. Jack Jones
Title: Microbiologist

Contact Info:

Ecosystems Research Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Environmental Protection Agency
960 College Station Road
Athens, Georgia 30605

Phone: 706-355-8228
Email: jones.jack@epa.gov

Education

Ph.D. Microbiology, Clemson University, 1981
B.S. Microbiology, Clemson University, 1973

Professional Experience

Acting Branch Chief, Processes and Modeling Branch, USEPA, ORD, NERL, ERD-Athens, GA
Bioremediation Research Team Leader, US EPA, ORD, NERL-ERD, Athens, GA  1995–2001

2009 -present

Research Microbiologist, USEPA, ORD, NERL-ERD, Athens, GA  1991–present
Associate Professor, School of Applied Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology  1988–1991
Assistant Professor, School of Applied Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology  1984–1988
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois  1981-1984
Graduate Assistant, Department of Microbiology, Clemson University, 1975 – 1984

Selected Awards and Honors

USEPA, National Center for Computational Toxicology, New Start Award, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
US EPA, NERL Special Achievement Award, 2007
USEPA, STAA, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000
USEPA Bronze Medal, 1998
Dow Chemical Environmental Research, Technical Review Panel, 1998
USEPA, ORD, Internal Grant Competition Award, 1996
USEPA, ARCS (Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sediments), Research Award, 1995

Publications and Presentations

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