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Sue Jones

Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Computational Biologist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Bioinformatics Group Leader at the James Hutton Institute, Dundee. I am a computational biologist with research interests in the development and application of computational methods for virus diagnostics, microbiome analysis, functional genomics, transcription regulation and protein-nucleic-acid interactions. 

Current research interests

My current research interests are in plant pathogen detection and data analysis using next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. I am currently collaborating on a number of projects including; plant virus diagnostics using NGS data, modelling virus-protein interactions in plants, developing virus detection protocols for water samples, predicting antimicrobial peptides using NGS data from soils, and analysis of plant microbiomes. I am also currently a collaborator, providing bioinformatics expertise, on the BBSRC funded UK Crop Microbiome Cryobank project.


Past research

Past research projects and interests have included

  • Prediction of DNA-binding effectors from plant pathogens
  • Identification of cis-regulatory modules in heat stress genes in crops
  • Identification of epitopes in parasite proteins and their potential display sites in virus like particles
  • Analysis and prediction of proteins that bind to RNA using sequence information

  • Modelling protein-protein interaction sites using 3D structure information

  • Identification of candidate genes involved in the interferon gamma response to Tuberculosis
  • Identification of responsive elements in the Epstein Barr Virus genome as targets of epigenetic reprogramming.


  • Holmes, A.; Jones, S.; Watts, L.; Humphris, S.; Cheetham, A.; Toth, I. (2022) Can microbiome profiles be used as an indicator of soil health to investigate the impacts from compaction and potato cropping, 3rd Plant Microbiome Symposium 2022, 24-26 May 2022, Dundee
  • Torrance, L.; Cowan, G.; Roberts, A.; Jones, S.; Kumar, P.; Hemsley, P.; Savenkov, E. (2018) Potato mop-top virus TGB1 co-opts HIPP26 to activate abiotic stress signalling for long distance virus movement., Phytopathology, 108, S1.302. Abstract.
  • Pritchard, L.; Bayer, M.; Cock, P.; Flores, P.; Jones, S.; Milne, I.; Shaw, P.; Marshall, D. (2014) James Hutton Institute Bioinformatics Grouping., Data Science Research Day, University of Edinburgh, 12 September 2014.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.