Dr. Steven M. Jones
Head of Immunopathology, Head of Emerging Bacterial Diseases, Special Pathogens Program National Labororatory  of Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens,
Adjunct Professor of Immunology, Adjunct Professor of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medcine, University of Manitoba

Degrees: BSc (Hons) University of Plymouth, UK, 1992: PhD, University of Plymouth, UK, 1997

Mailing Address: National Microbiology Laboratory, 1015 Arlington Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 3R2. 

Tel: (204) 789-5065 Fax: (204) 789-2140 Lab: (204)789-5097
E-mail: mailto:Steven_jones@phac-aspc.gc.ca
Research Interests:
Main research interest is the development of vaccines and immunotherapeutics for human infection with Containment Level (CL) 4 viruses and CL 3 zoonotic bacterial diseases.  In particular the development of vaccines for Ebola, Marburg and Lassa virus using live recombinant vaccine vectors.

The program is also investigating the role of the immune system in the pathogenesis of highly virulent infectious diseases.  Of particular interest is the interface between the innate and adaptive immune response and currently we are investigating the roles of different dendritic cell subsets in pathogenesis and protection during viral hemorrhagic fever infection.  We are currently investigating the role of Toll-like receptor signalling in plasmacytoid, myeloid and lymphoid dendritic cells following infection with either the recombinant VSV vaccine or Ebola virus. 

The program is aiming to determine what events lead to rapid immunity in the case of the vaccine and rapidly fatal systemic inflammatory responses in the case of Ebola virus.  If successful, this may be an opportunity to divert the course of early events in Ebola infections such that patients develop protective rather than pathological immune responses.

Recent Publications:

  1. Feldmann H, Jones SM , Schnittler HJ, Geisbert T. Therapy and prophylaxis of Ebola virus infections. Curr Opin Investig Drugs. 2005;6(8):823-30.
  2. Jones SM ., Feldmann H., Stroeher U., Geisbert JB., Fernando L., Klenk H-D l., Sullivan N., Jahrling PB., Geisbert TW.New vaccine platform protecting non-human primates from lethal ebola virus challenge. Nature Medicine 2005 11(7):786-90.
  3. Geisbert TW, Jones SM , Fritz EA, Shurtleff AC, Geisbert JB, Liebscher R, Grolla A, Ströher U, Fernando L, Daddario KM, Guttieri MC, Mothé BR, Larsen T, Hensley LE, Jahrling PB,  Feldmann H., Development of a new accelerated vaccine for the prevention of Lassa fever. PLOS Medicine. 2005
  4. Williamson ED, Flick-Smith HC, Lebutt C, Rowland CA, Jones SM , Waters EL, Gwyther RJ, Miller J, Packer PJ, Irving M.  Human immune response to a plague vaccine comprising recombinant F1 and V antigens. Infect Immun. 2005;73(6):3598-608.
  5. Holbrook MR. Aronson J., Campbell G., Jones SM ., Feldmann H., Barrett ADT.,  An animal model for the tick-borne flavivirus Omsk hemorrhagic fever virus. J Infect Dis. 2005 Jan 1;191(1):100-8
  6. Feldmann H, Wahl-Jensen V, Jones SM , Stroher U. Ebola virus ecology: a continuing mystery. Trends Microbiol. 2004;12(10):433-7.
  7. Berry JD, Jones S , Drebot MA, Andonov A, Sabara M, Yuan XY, Weingartl H, Fernando L, Marszal P, Gren J, Nicolas B, Andonova M, Ranada F, Gubbins MJ, Ball TB, Kitching P, Li Y, Kabani A, Plummer F.  Development and characterisation of neutralising monoclonal antibody to the SARS-coronavirus. J Virol Methods. 2004;120(1):87-96.
  8. Garbutt M, Liebscher R, Wahl-Jensen V, Jones S , Moller P, Wagner R, Volchkov V, Klenk HD, Feldmann H, Stroher U.  Properties of replication-competent vesicular stomatitis virus vectors expressing glycoproteins of filoviruses and arenaviruses. J Virol. 2004 May;78(10):5458-65.
  9. Stroher U, DiCaro A, Li Y, Strong JE, Aoki F, Plummer F, Jones SM , Feldmann H.  Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus is inhibited by interferon- alpha. J Infect Dis. 2004;189(7):1164-7.
  10. Tang P, Louie M, Richardson SE, Smieja M, Simor AE, Jamieson F, Fearon M, Poutanen SM, Mazzulli T, Tellier R, Mahony J, Loeb M, Petrich A, Chernesky M, McGeer A, Low DE, Phillips E, Jones S , Bastien N, Li Y, Dick D, Grolla A, Fernando L, Booth TF, Henry B, Rachlis AR, Matukas LM, Rose DB, Lovinsky R, Walmsley S, Gold WL, Krajden S; Ontario Laboratory Working Group for the Rapid Diagnosis of Emerging Infections.  Interpretation of diagnostic laboratory tests for severe acute respiratory syndrome: the Toronto experience. CMAJ. 2004;170(1):47-54.
  11. Jones SM , Griffin KF, Hodgson I, Williamson ED.  Protective efficacy of a fully recombinant plague vaccine in the guinea pig. Vaccine. 2003 Sep 8;21(25-26):3912-8.
  12. Feldmann H, Jones S , Klenk HD, Schnittler HJ.  Ebola virus: from discovery to vaccine. Nat Rev Immunol. 2003;3(8):677-85. Review.
  13. Krokhin O, Li Y, Andonov A, Feldmann H, Flick R, Jones S , Stroeher U, Bastien N, Dasuri KV, Cheng K, Simonsen JN, Perreault H, Wilkins J, Ens W, Plummer F, Standing KG.   Mass Spectrometric Characterization of Proteins from the SARS Virus: A Preliminary Report.. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2003;2(5):346-56. Epub 2003 May 29.
  14. Marra MA, Jones SJ, Astell CR, Holt RA, Brooks-Wilson A, Butterfield YS, Khattra J, Asano JK, Barber SA, Chan SY, Cloutier A, Coughlin SM, Freeman D, Girn N, Griffith OL, Leach SR, Mayo M, McDonald H, Montgomery SB, Pandoh PK, Petrescu AS, Robertson AG, Schein JE, Siddiqui A, Smailus DE, Stott JM, Yang GS, Plummer F, Andonov A, Artsob H, Bastien N, Bernard K, Booth TF, Bowness D, Czub M, Drebot M, Fernando L, Flick R, Garbutt M, Gray M, Grolla A, Jones S , Feldmann H, Meyers A, Kabani A, Li Y, Normand S, Stroher U, Tipples GA, Tyler S, Vogrig R, Ward D, Watson B, Brunham RC, Krajden M, Petric M, Skowronski DM, Upton C, Roper RL.  The Genome sequence of the SARS-associated coronavirus. Science. 2003;300(5624):1399-404. Epub 2003 May 01.
  15. Jones SM , Ellis JF, Russell P, Griffin KF, Oyston PC.  Passive protection against Burkholderia pseudomallei infection in mice by monoclonal antibodies against capsular polysaccharide, lipopolysaccharide or proteins. J Med Microbiol. 2002;51(12):1055-62.
Laboratory members
Fernando, Lisa Biologist Lisa_Fernando@phac-aspc.gc.ca 789-5097
Qiu, Xiangguo Biologist Xiangguo_Qiu@phac-aspc.gc.ca 789-5097
Melito, Pasquale Biologist Pasqual_Melito@phac-aspc.gc.ca 789-5097
Alimonti, Judie Biologist Judie_Alimont@phac-aspc.gc.ca 789-5097
Shuttleworth, Leslee Biologist Leslee_Shuttleworth@phac-aspc.gc.ca 789-5097
Soule, Sky Technician Sky_Soule@phac-aspc.gc.ca 789-5097
Dillon, Liz Technician Liz_Dillon@phac-aspc.gc.ca 789-5097
Camus, Gaelle PhD Student Gaelle_Camus@phac-aspc.gc.ca 789-5097
Silaghi, Alex Masters Student Alex_Silagh@phac-aspc.gc.ca 789-5097
Williams, Kinola Masters Student Kinola_Williams@phac-aspc.gc.ca 789-5097