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Professor Anita C Jones

Professor Anita C Jones

Professor of Molecular Photophysics

Room 260

University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road

Research Interests

Photophysics and photochemistry, time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy, DNA conformation and interactions, microfluidics

Research Overview

My research is concerned with the study of molecular photophysics and photochemistry and the development and application of fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging. I am particularly interested in the application of fluorescence methods to biomolecular systems. Current projects in my group include:

  • Probing DNA conformation and DNA-enzyme interactions, using time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.
  • Quantitative spatial mapping of mixing, temperature, pH and other measurands in microfluidic (lab-on-a-chip) systems, using fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM).
  • Ultrasensitive fluorescence detection of surface-bound protein, e.g. protein contamination on surgical instruments.
  • Developing advanced photonics for the study of biological systems.
  • Investigating the photoisomerisation of azo dyes, using NMR spectroscopy with in situ laser irradiation.
Professor Jones research images


  1. 2-Aminopurine flipped into the active site of the adenine-specific DNA methyltransferase M.TaqI:crystal structures and time-resolved fluorescence, T. Lenz, E.Y.M. Bonnist, G.Pljevaljcic, R.K. Neely, D.T.F. Dryden, A.J. Scheidig, A.C. Jones, E. Weinhold, J. Am. Chem. Soc 2007, 129, 6240-6248.
  2. Photophysics and X-ray structure of crystalline 2-aminopurine, R.K. Neely, S.W. Magennis, S.Parsons, A.C. Jones, ChemPhysChem 2007, 8, 1095-1102.
  3. High-precision FLIM-FRET in fixed and living cells reveals heterogeneity in a simple CFP-YFP fusion protein, M. Millington, J.G. Grindlay, K. Altenbach, R.K. Neely,W. Kolch, M. Bencina, N.D. Read, A.C. Jones, D.T.F Dryden, S.W. Magennis, Biophysical Chemistry 2007, 127, 155-164.
  4. Structural characterisation of the photoisomers of reactive sulfonated azo dyes by NMR spectroscopy and DFT calculations, K.M. Tait, J.A. Parkinson, D.I. Gibson, P.R. Richardson, W.J. Ebenezer, M.G. Hutchings and A.C. Jones, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci (in press, published on web 20 April 2007)
  5. Influence of Base Dynamics on the Conformational Properties of DNA: Observation of Static Conformational States in Rigid Duplexes at 77 K, R.K. Neely and A.C. Jones, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 15952-15923
  6. Time-resolved fluorescence of 2-aminopurine as a probe of base flipping in M.HhaI-DNA complexes. R.K. Neely, D. Daujotyte, S. Grazulis, S.W. Magennis, D.T.F. Dryden, S. Klimasauskas, A.C. Jones, Nucleic Acids Research, 2005, 33, 6953-6960.
  7. Quantitative spatial mapping of mixing in microfluidic systems. S.W. Magennis, E.M. Graham, A.C. Jones, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 6512-6516