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Contact Details

+64 3 470 9543
Research Professor
Department of Surgical Sciences (Dunedin)
BSc PhD(Otago)
Research summary
Vascular disease genetics, biomarker discovery, and histopathology


Professor Jones' research group has a broad range of interests in the field of vascular biology, including population genetics, cardiovascular disease biomarkers, and vascular connective tissue biology. The group's research has a strong clinical emphasis, particularly in the areas of aortic aneurysm, coronary and peripheral arterial disease and varicose veins.

The Vascular Research Group has four main areas of research focus:

  • Genes associated with the initiation and progression of vascular diseases
  • Identifying circulating biomarkers to assess vascular disease risk
  • The early structural and molecular features of human arterial disease
  • The pathobiology of lower limb venous disease, including varicose veins, venous ulcers and post-operative recurrence
  • The techniques used in the Vascular Research Group include whole genome scanning, microRNA and mRNA microarray, proteomics, immunohistochemistry, cell culture, and functional assays.

The group is currently funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand.


Fitzgerald, S., Bhat, B., Print, C., & Jones, G. T. (2024). A validated restriction enzyme ddPCR cg05575921 (AHRR) assay to accurately assess smoking exposure [Brief Report]. Clinical Epigenetics, 16, 45. doi: 10.1186/s13148-024-01659-1 Journal - Research Other

Cameron, V. A., Jones, G. T., Horwood, L. J., Pilbrow, A. P., Martin, J., Frampton, C., Ip, W. T., Troughton, R. W., Greer, C., Yang, J., Epton, M. J., Harris, S. L., & Darlow, B. A. (2023). DNA methylation patterns at birth predict health outcomes in young adults born very low birthweight. Clinical Epigenetics, 15, 47. doi: 10.1186/s13148-023-01463-3 Journal - Research Article

Roychowdhury, T., Klarin, D., Levin, M. G., Spin, J. M., Rhee, Y. H., Deng, A., … Jones, G. T., … Damrauer, S. M. (2023). Genome-wide association meta-analysis identifies risk loci for abdominal aortic aneurysm and highlights PCSK9 as a therapeutic target. Nature Genetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41588-023-01510-y Journal - Research Article

Hall, N., Krysa, J., Lesche, S., Hill, B. G., Letts, J. A., McNaughton, A., Clifford, K., & Jones, G. T. (2022). Near infrared fluorescence imaging to demonstrate reflux in the superficial microvenous network of the leg. European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, 64, 377-386. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2022.05.036 Journal - Research Article

Bhat, B., & Jones, G. T. (2023). Gaps in current methods to detect polymorphic CpGs from Illumina Infinium human methylation microarrays and exploring their potential impact in multi-EWAS analyses [Brief report]. Epigenetics, 18(1), 2281153. doi: 10.1080/15592294.2023.2281153 Journal - Research Other

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