Megan Jones, PhD, MBA

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    Dr. Megan Jones’ research interests involved understanding the interplay of autophagy (a highly conserved cellular recycling pathway) and apoptosis (a highly conserved regulated cell death pathway) for cancer therapy. Her early work characterized a novel cell death pathway in which stalled autophagy initiates caspase-8-dependent apoptosis. Dr. Jones’ research expanded to seek an understanding of how bioactive sphingolipids regulate intracellular membrane trafficking for autophagy and cancer cell death.

    Dr. Jones is the Assistant Director of Research Development. In this role, she brings along skills in proposal writing and grantsmanship and an interest in connecting others with resources to strengthen their research programs. Her responsibilities include managing the internal grant programs, assisting in the Pure project implementation at the College of Medicine, and serving as a liaison to Penn State InfoReady for the College of Medicine.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Penn State College of Medicine

    … → Jul 2019

    Pharmacology, PhD, The Role of Sphingosine Kinase in the Crosstalk between Apoptosis, Autophagy and Endocytosis, Penn State College of Medicine

    … → Oct 2015

    Business Administration, MBA, Penn State Harrisburg

    … → 2014

    Chemistry, BS, Bucknell University

    … → 2008


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