Dr. Jones was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. He spent five years in the music business playing guitar and singing in rock bands following high school, touring and opening for 80s metal bands like Quiet Riot and Aldo Nova. He began his college education at Clayton State University, an institution about the same size of Mercyhurst University, before transferring to Georgia Tech and completing his B.S. in Chemistry in 1999. Four years later, he earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry under the direction of Professor L. Andrew Lyon at Georgia Tech by conducting research on core-shell hydrogel nanoparticles and colloidal crystals. The core-shell systems are now the basis for studies involving drug delivery, chemical sensing and cancer therapy. During his postdoctoral research at Penn State University under the direction of Professor Christine D. Keating, he helped develop a method for creating artificial cells like those found in the human body that now serve as the basis for fundamental studies in cellular biology. After spending a year in Washington, DC as a Senior Scientist in a government-contracted laboratory, Dr. Jones joined the faculty of Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA where he enjoys teaching his many courses and conducting research in the field of analytical chemistry.
In his spare time, Dr. Jones still enjoys playing various musical instruments (mainly guitar and ukulele) and song-writing. He is an amateur photographer and an avid chef specializing in bread making, Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. He loves to travel, maintain a reef aquarium, rescue retired race horses, and have fun with his cats and dogs. A definite animal lover, his favorite is the dolphin; his new pastime is interacting with them in the wild.