Jeff Jones, Ph.D. - Principal Investigator
Jeff obtained his Ph.D. in 2015 in the lab of Dr. Douglas McMahon at Vanderbilt University where his research focused on the bidirectional relationship between the molecular and electrical rhythms in the brain's biological clock, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). After a brief postdoc with Dr. Luis de Lecea at Stanford University to learn in vivo imaging, Jeff joined the lab of Dr. Erik Herzog at Washington University in St. Louis in 2016, where he studied the inputs to and outputs from the SCN that together generate circadian rhythms in behavior and physiology. In 2021, Jeff started his lab in the Department of Biology at Texas A&M.
Blanca Perez - Research Intern
Blanca is a rising junior at Brown University who is interning in the Jones Lab for the year. She previously worked with Dr. Jones at Washington University in the Herzog Lab as part of the WUSTL ENDURE research program. Her research focuses on using machine learning to assess sex differences and genotype differences in complex circadian behaviors. In her spare time, Blanca is an excellent cook and baker, frequently delighting her lab with snacks. She recently got a weird kitten.
Ashley Starnes - Research Intern
Ashley recently graduated Texas A&M University, earning a BS in Psychology Honors. During her undergrad, she worked under Dr. Rachel Smith, where she investigated the effects of noncontingent vs. contingent footshock on cocaine seeking in rats. Aside from research, Ashley enjoys going on walks and singing karaoke with her roommates.
Logan Perry - Undergraduate Student
Logan is a rising senior at Texas A&M University currently studying computer science and completing his medical school prerequisites. Logan joined the Jones Lab during Fall 2021, and is hoping to pursue an MD/PhD program in neuroscience because of his experiences in the lab. Away from research, Logan loves experimenting with all sorts of baking and cooking.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Jones Lab believes that a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives contributes to better quality science, and that anyone, no matter their background, can be a scientist. As such, we aim to provide a safe and equitable lab environment that includes and supports researchers of all ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, genders, ages, and ability levels. Dr. Jones has been actively involved in promoting this perspective as a mentor in the ENDURE (Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences) program for the past several years. Our goal is to continue to seek opportunities to support a diverse and inclusive research and teaching environment at Texas A&M – in our lab, in the department, and throughout the university.