Dr Kathryn Sarah Jones

PhD (Pharmacology) 2013. BSc Hons (Cell and Molecular Bioscience) 2003. BSc/BCA conjoint (Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Economics) 2001.

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Professional Teaching Fellow


I am a Teaching Fellow working in the Molecular and Cellular, and Genetics pathways in the School of Biological Sciences. I am working to increase active learning within my lectures, develop new and exciting labs within the school and integrate new technology to create blended learning opportunities for my students.

Previously my research focused on understanding gene expression that underlies cell fate. My research aimed to determine key fate modulator genes and pathways and to manipulate these pathways through gene therapy and cell reprogramming to induce neuronal regeneration for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.


Teaching | Current

Lecturer in BIOSCI 201 Cell and Molecular Biology

Lecturer in BIOSCI 203 Biochemistry

Lecturer in BIOSCI 204 Principles of Microobiology

Lecturer in BIOSCI 351 Molecular Genetics

Previously taught into BIOSCI 354 Gene Expression and Gene Trasfer, and MEDSCI 740 Stem Cells and Transgenesis


Course co-ordination of BIOSCI 201 Cell and Molecular Biology, BIOSCI 202 Genetics, BIOSCI 203 Biochemistry, BIOSCI 204 Microbiology and BIOSCI 762 Honours thesis proposal. 




School of Biological Sciences Early Career Teaching Award 2018


I also act as an undergraduate academic advisor for second and third year students planning their degrees within the Cell and Molecular, and Genetics pathways within SBS.

Areas of expertise

Cell and molecular biology, neural stem cells and adult neurgenesis, viral vectors and cellular reprogramming. 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Cell and Molecular Biomedicine - Biomed pathway leader

School of Biological Sciences Teaching and Learning Quality Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Connor, B., Firmin, E., McCaughey-Chapman, A., Monk, R., Lee, K., Liot, S., ... Jones, K. (2018). Conversion of adult human fibroblasts into neural precursor cells using chemically modified mRNA. HELIYON, 4 (11)10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00918
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46148
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bronwen Connor, Kevin Lee
  • Playne, R., Jones, K. S., & Connor, B. (2018). Generation of dopamine neuronal-like cells from induced neural precursors derived from adult human cells by non-viral expression of lineage factors. JOURNAL OF STEM CELLS & REGENERATIVE MEDICINE, 14 (1), P34-P44.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bronwen Connor
  • Connor, B., Sun, Y., von Hieber, D., Tang, S., Jones, K., & Maucksch, C. (2016). AAV1/2-mediated BDNF gene therapy in a transgenic rat model of Huntington's disease. Gene Therapy, 23, 283-295. 10.1038/gt.2015.113
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29748
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bronwen Connor
  • Jones, K., & Connor, B. (2016). Adult neurogenesis and in vivo reprogramming: combining strategies for endogenous brain repair. Neural Regeneration Research, 11 (11), 1748-1749. 10.4103/1673-5374.194712
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32421
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bronwen Connor
  • Jones, K. S., & Connor, B. J. (2016). The Effect of Pro-Neurogenic Gene Expression on Adult Subventricular Zone Precursor Cell Recruitment and Fate Determination After Excitotoxic Brain Injury. Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, 12 (1), 25-35. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29724
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bronwen Connor
  • Jones, K., & Connor, B. (2016). The effect of pro-neurogenic gene expression on adult subventricular zone precursor cell recruitment and fate determination after excitotoxic brain injury. Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, 12 (1), 25-35.
  • Connor, B., Connor, B., Firmin, E., Maucksch, C., Liu, R., Playne, R., ... Dottori, M. (2015). Direct Conversion of Adult Human Fibroblasts into Induced Neural Precursor Cells by Non-Viral Transfection. Protocol Exchange10.1038/protex.2015.034
  • Maucksch, C., Jones, K. S., & Connor, B. (2013). Concise review: The involvement of SOX2 in direct reprogramming of induced neural stem/precursor cells. Stem Cells Translational Medicine, 2 (8), 579-583. 10.5966/sctm.2012-0179
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bronwen Connor


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 106
New Zealand

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