Dr. Russell (Rusty) Jones is an associate professor in the Department of Physiology and member of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill University. Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. degree in Medical Biophysics in 2003 from the University of Toronto, and completed post-doctoral training with Dr. Craig Thompson at the University of Pennsylvania.
His research focuses on investigating how energy metabolism is altered in cancer cells, and the genetic and biochemical pathways that control metabolic adaptation in cancer. Currently Dr. Jones’ research is focused on studying the role of the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in cancer metabolism. AMPK is central regulator of cellular energy homeostasis that links cellular bioenergetics to a number of critical biological functions aimed at preserving energy and cell viability. Dr. Jones has found that AMPK tethers cellular energy levels to the control of cell division, and plays a key role in tumor development and progression.
Dr. Jones is the recipient of a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), recipient of the Dorval Young Investigator Prize from the Canadian Cancer Society, and a William Dawson Scholar of McGill University. Dr. Jones is supported by research grants from the CIHR, The Canadian Cancer Society, The Terry Fox Foundation, and The Canadian Foundation for Innovation.