Miss Patrice Jones

Miss Patrice Jones

Associate Lecturer

School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Patrice is a current PhD candidate (submission August 2020) with current research interests in personalised nutrition and nutrigenetics.


Her PhD project examined environment-gene interactions in nutrition. This project focused on UV-sensitive vitamins, vitamin D and folate, and aimed to examine the potential influences our UV-environment and genes may have in modifying the role of these vitamins in health and disease. This involved studying how genetics may influence how we respond to these vitamins in our diet (nutrigenetics). This research is interdisciplinary and has led to regular national and international collaborations with researchers in fields of biomedical science, chemistry, physics and anthropology.


Patrice is also a teaching academic, with current roles as an Associate Lecturer within the Food Science and Human Nutrition program, and Casual Lecturer within the Nursing program. She also currently holds a position as Student Peer Advisor at UON, with responsibilities in advising early HDR students in areas such as academic publishing and presentation skills.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Food Science & Human Nutrition (Hons), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Food Science
  • Genetics
  • Nutrigenetics
  • Nutrition
  • Personalised Nutrition

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 40
090899 Food Sciences not elsewhere classified 10
060499 Genetics not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Australia
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/2020 -  Newcastle Committee Member Nutrition Society of Australia (Newcastle Branch)
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
27/4/2020 -  Student Peer Advisor Graduate Research, University of Newcastle
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
21/11/2019 -  Associate Lecturer School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
Australia
1/1/2017 - 31/12/2019 Casual Academic School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2018 Adam J Berry Memorial Award (to support pre-doctoral fellowship at NIH in the U.S)
Australian Academy of Science
2018 Annual Meeting Travel Award
Nutrition Society Australia
2017 Annual Meeting Travel Award
Nutrition Society Australia
2016 Faculty Medal
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
2016 University Medal
University of Newcastle

Scholarship

Year Award
2018 Greaves Family Scholarship in Medical Research
Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
2018 HDR Conference Scholarship
Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle
2016 Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship
Australian Government

Invitations

Panel Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2020 Women in STEM”, UON Central Coast orientation session
2017 UON alumni mentor

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2019 "Sunshine and your nutrition: not just vitamin D"

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
FSHN1020 Introduction to Nutrition Science and Applications
School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
Laboratory Demonstrator & Casual Demonstrator 1/7/2017 - 21/11/2019
FSHN3020 Nutrition in Health & Disease
School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
Associate Lecturer 21/11/2019 - 21/11/2020
FSHN2050 Plant Food Products
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Laboratory Demonstrator 1/7/2016 - 30/11/2016
FSHN1020 Introduction to Nutrition Science and Applications
School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
Associate Lecturer 21/11/2019 - 21/11/2020
- HSC Experiment Fest - Chemistry
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Laboratory Demonstrator 27/6/2016 - 30/6/2016
FSHN2040 Animal Food Products
School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
Laboratory Demonstrator 1/7/2018 - 1/12/2018
FSHN1010 Introduction to Food Science and Technology
School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
Laboratory Demonstrator & Casual Lecturer 1/7/2017 - 30/11/2018
- HSC Experiment Fest - Chemistry
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
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Laboratory Demonstrator 26/6/2017 - 29/6/2017
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Highlighted Publications

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Jones P, Lucock M, Veysey M, Beckett E, 'The vitamin D folate hypothesis as an evolutionary model for skin pigmentation: An update and integration of current ideas', Nutrients, 10 1-13 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu10050554
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Mark Lucock, Emma Beckett, Martin Veysey

Journal article (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Jones P, Lucock M, Chaplin G, Jablonski NG, Veysey M, Scarlett C, Beckett E, 'Distribution of variants in multiple vitamin D-related loci (DHCR7/NADSYN1, GC, CYP2R1, CYP11A1, CYP24A1, VDR, RXRa and RXR ) vary between European, East-Asian and Sub-Saharan African-ancestry populations', Genes and Nutrition, 15 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12263-020-00663-3
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors C Scarlett, Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock, Emma Beckett
2020 Jones P, Lucock M, Scarlett CJ, Veysey M, Beckett E, 'Environmental UVR levels and skin pigmentation gene variants associated with folate and homocysteine levels in an elderly cohort', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17051545
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Emma Beckett, C Scarlett, Mark Lucock, Martin Veysey
2020 Jones P, Lucock M, Martin C, Thota R, Garg M, Yates Z, et al., 'Independent and interactive influences of environmental UVR, vitamin D levels, and folate variant MTHFD1-RS2236225 on homocysteine levels', Nutrients, 12 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu12051455
Co-authors Emma Beckett, C Scarlett, Zoe Yates, Manohar Garg, Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock
2019 Jones P, Lucock M, Scarlett CJ, Veysey M, Beckett EL, 'Folate and Inflammation links between folate and features of inflammatory conditions', Journal of Nutrition and Intermediary Metabolism, 18 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jnim.2019.100104
Co-authors Emma Beckett, Mark Lucock, C Scarlett, Martin Veysey
2019 Lucock M, Thota R, Garg M, Martin C, Jones P, Furst J, et al., 'Early lifecycle UV-exposure calibrates adult vitamin D metabolism: Evidence for a developmentally originated vitamin D homeostat that may alter related adult phenotypes', American Journal of Human Biology, 31 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ajhb.23272
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Zoe Yates, Manohar Garg, Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock, Emma Beckett, John Furst
2018 Lucock M, Jones P, Martin C, Yates Z, Veysey M, Furst J, Beckett E, 'Photobiology of vitamins', Nutrition reviews, 76 512-525 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/nutrit/nuy013
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Zoe Yates, Martin Veysey, Emma Beckett, John Furst, Mark Lucock
2018 Jones P, Lucock M, Veysey M, Jablonski N, Chaplin G, Beckett E, 'Frequency of folate-related polymorphisms varies by skin pigmentation', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY, 30 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ajhb.23079
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Mark Lucock, Emma Beckett, Martin Veysey
2018 Jones P, Lucock M, Veysey M, Beckett E, 'Reply: "Comment on: The Vitamin D-Folate Hypothesis as an Evolutionary Model for Skin Pigmentation: An Update and Integration of Current Ideas, Nutrients 2018, 10, 554"', NUTRIENTS, 10 (2018)
DOI 10.3390/nu10111759
Co-authors Mark Lucock, Martin Veysey, Emma Beckett
2018 Lucock M, Thota R, Garg M, Martin C, Jones P, Furst J, et al., 'Vitamin D and folate: A reciprocal environmental association based on seasonality and genetic disposition', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY, 30 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ajhb.23166
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Manohar Garg, Zoe Yates, Emma Beckett, John Furst, Mark Lucock, Martin Veysey, Jessie Sutherland
2018 Jones P, Lucock M, Veysey M, Beckett E, 'The vitamin D folate hypothesis as an evolutionary model for skin pigmentation: An update and integration of current ideas', Nutrients, 10 1-13 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu10050554
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Mark Lucock, Emma Beckett, Martin Veysey
2017 Beckett E, Jones P, Veysey M, Lucock M, 'Nutrigenetics Personalized Nutrition in the Genetic Age', Exploratory Research and Hypothesis in Medicine, (2017)
DOI 10.14218/ERHM.2017.00027
Co-authors Mark Lucock, Emma Beckett, Martin Veysey
2017 Lucock M, Jones P, Veysey M, Beckett E, 'B vitamins and pollution, an interesting, emerging, yet incomplete picture of folate and the exposome', PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 114 E3878-E3879 (2017)
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1704662114
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock, Emma Beckett
2017 Lucock M, Beckett E, Martin C, Jones P, Furst J, Yates Z, et al., 'UV-associated decline in systemic folate: implications for human nutrigenetics, health, and evolutionary processes', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY, 29 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ajhb.22929
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Zoe Yates, Emma Beckett, Mark Lucock, Martin Veysey, John Furst
2017 Beckett EL, Jones P, Veysey M, Duesing K, Martin C, Furst J, et al., 'VDR gene methylation as a molecular adaption to light exposure: Historic, recent and genetic influences', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY, 29 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ajhb.23010
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Emma Beckett, Zoe Yates, Mark Lucock, John Furst, Martin Veysey
2016 Jones P, Beckett EL, Yates Z, Veysey M, Lucock M, 'Converging Evolutionary, Environmental and Clinical Ideas on Folate Metabolism', Exploratory Research and Hypothesis in Medicine, 1 34-41 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.14218/ERHM.2016.00003b
Co-authors Emma Beckett, Martin Veysey, Zoe Yates, Mark Lucock
2016 Beckett EL, Duesing K, Martin C, Jones P, Furst J, King K, et al., 'Relationship between methylation status of Vitamin D-related genes, Vitamin D levels, and methyl-donor biochemistry', Journal of Nutrition and Intermediary Metabolism, 6 8-15 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. Vitamin D is known for its role in the regulation of gene expression via the Vitamin D receptor, a nuclear transcription factor. Mor... [more]

© 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. Vitamin D is known for its role in the regulation of gene expression via the Vitamin D receptor, a nuclear transcription factor. More recently, a role for Vitamin D in regulating DNA methylation has been identified as an additional mechanism of modulation of gene expression. How methylation status influences Vitamin D metabolism and response pathways is not yet clear. Therefore, we aimed to assess the relationship between plasma 25-hydroxycholecalciferol (25(OH)D) and the methylation status of Vitamin D metabolism enzyme genes (CYP2R1, CYP27B1 and CYP24A1) and the Vitamin D receptor gene (VDR). This analysis was conducted in the context of dietary Vitamin D, and background methyl donor related biochemistry, with adjustment for several dietary and lifestyle variables. Percentage methylation at CpG sites was assessed in peripheral blood cells using methylation sensitive and dependent enzymes and qPCR. Standard analytical techniques were used to determine plasma 25(OH)D and homocysteine, and serum folate and B12, with the relationship to methylation status assessed using multi-variable regression analysis. CYP2R1 and VDR methylation were found to be independent predictors of plasma 25(OH)D, when adjusted for Vitamin D intake and other lifestyle variables. CYP24A1 was related to plasma 25(OH)D directly, but not in the context of Vitamin D intake. Methyl-group donor biochemistry was associated with the methylation status of some genes, but did not alter the relationship between methylation and plasma 25(OH)D. Modulation of methylation status of CYP2R1, CYP24A1 and VDR in response to plasma 25(OH)D may be part of feedback loops involved in maintaining Vitamin D homeostasis, and may explain a portion of the variance in plasma 25(OH)D levels in response to intake and sun exposure. Methyl-group donor biochemistry, while a potential independent modulator, did not alter this effect.

DOI 10.1016/j.jnim.2016.04.010
Citations Scopus - 8
Co-authors Katrina King, Emma Beckett, John Furst, Mark Lucock, Martin Veysey, Zoe Yates, Suzanne Niblett
2015 Lucock M, Jones P, Martin C, Beckett E, Yates Z, Furst J, Veysey M, 'Vitamin D: Beyond Metabolism', Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 20 310-322 (2015) [C1]

© 2015, The Author(s) 2015. Interest in vitamin D and the VDR gene is increasing as putative roles in human health and evolutionary processes are explored. This review looks beyon... [more]

© 2015, The Author(s) 2015. Interest in vitamin D and the VDR gene is increasing as putative roles in human health and evolutionary processes are explored. This review looks beyond the classic biochemistry that links vitamin D to calcium homeostasis; it explores how vitamin D interacts with light in a broader perspective than simple skin photosynthesis. It examines how the vitamin influences circadian rhythm, and how it may have helped drive the evolution of skin pigmentation. To this end, the nutrient¿nutrient relationship with folate is also explored. The VDR gene is additionally examined as a factor in the evolutionary selection of skin depigmentation at higher latitudes to allow vitamin D synthesis. Evidence is given to show that VDR polymorphisms exhibit a latitudinal gradient in allele prevalence consistent with such a paradigm. Overall, the review examines new evo-devo ideas that link light-sensitive vitamins to human health/phenotype, both within and across the lifecycle.

DOI 10.1177/2156587215580491
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
Co-authors John Furst, Mark Lucock, Martin Veysey, Zoe Yates, Emma Beckett
2015 Beckett EL, Martin C, Duesing K, Jones P, Furst J, Yates Z, et al., 'Vitamin D receptor genotype modulates the correlation between vitamin D and circulating levels of let-7a/b and vitamin D intake in an elderly cohort', Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics, 7 264-273 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1159/000381676
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Emma Beckett, John Furst, Martin Veysey, Zoe Yates, Mark Lucock
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Conference (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Jones P, Lucock M, Scarlett C, Veysey M, Beckett E, 'Association between increased UVR levels and decreased folate levels in elderly Australian cohort dependent on folate-related genotypes', Newcastle, Australia (2020)
Co-authors C Scarlett, Mark Lucock, Martin Veysey, Emma Beckett
2019 Jones P, Lucock M, Scarlett C, Veysey M, Beckett E, 'UVR levels and folate gene variants independently predict folate levels in an elderly Australian cohort,', Cambridge, UK (2019)
Co-authors Emma Beckett, Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock, C Scarlett
2018 Beckett E, Kaur K, Martin C, Yates Z, Thota R, Garg M, et al., 'Vitamin D status, intake and supplement use: A comparison of retirement village residents and privately dwelling elderly Australians', Canberra, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock, Manohar Garg, Emma Beckett, Zoe Yates
2018 Jones P, Lucock M, Scarlett C, Veysey M, Beckett E, 'Polymorphisms in vitamin D synthesis and transport genes potential novel factors in interethnic differences in vitamin D production', Tokyo, Japan (2018)
Co-authors C Scarlett, Mark Lucock, Martin Veysey, Emma Beckett
2018 Jones P, Veysey M, Lucock M, Beckett E, 'Frequency of Retinoid X receptor gene polymorphisms varies with skin pigmentation', Winnipeg, Canada (2018)
Co-authors Emma Beckett, Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock
2018 Jones P, Lucock M, Veysey M, Beckett E, 'Frequency of vitamin D gene polymorphisms varies by skin pigmentation', Newcastle, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Mark Lucock, Martin Veysey, Emma Beckett
2018 Jones P, Lucock M, Veysey M, Beckett E, 'Polymorphisms in the NADSYN1/DHCR7 locus as potential regulators of interethnic difference in vitamin D production', Canberra, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock, Emma Beckett
2018 Jones P, Lucock M, Veysey M, Beckett E, 'Occurrence of vitamin D metabolism gene variants linked to degree of skin pigmentation', Winnipeg, Canada (2018)
Co-authors Mark Lucock, Martin Veysey, Emma Beckett
2017 Jones P, Beckett E, Yates Z, Veysey M, Lucock M, 'UVR-associated decline in homocysteine is dependent on MTHFD1 variant', Newcastle, Australia (2017)
Co-authors Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock, Zoe Yates, Emma Beckett
2017 Jones P, Beckett E, Yates Z, Veysey M, Lucock M, 'UVR-associated decline in homocysteine dependent on genetic variance in folate metabolism implications for disease risk', Sydney, Australia (2017)
Co-authors Emma Beckett, Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock, Zoe Yates
2017 Jones P, Beckett E, Yates Z, Veysey M, Lucock M, 'Relationship between UVR and homocysteine dependent on genetic variance in folate metabolism', Adelaide, Australia (2017)
Co-authors Emma Beckett, Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock, Zoe Yates
2016 Beckett EL, Duesing K, Martin C, Jones P, Furst J, King K, et al., 'Plasma calcidiol and serum folate levels independently predict the methylation status of the vitamin D receptor gene CpG island', Australia (2016)
Co-authors Emma Beckett, Suzanne Niblett, Katrina King, John Furst, Mark Lucock, Martin Veysey, Zoe Yates
2016 Beckett EL, Duesing K, Martin C, Jones P, Furst J, King K, et al., 'Plasma 25-hydroxycholecalciferol and serum folate levels are independent predictors of the methylation status of the vitamin D receptor gene', Newcastle, Australia (2016)
Co-authors Emma Beckett, Suzanne Niblett, Katrina King, John Furst, Mark Lucock, Martin Veysey, Zoe Yates
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $31,531

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20171 grants / $31,531

Light Sensitive Vitamins - Relationship with Environmental and Genetic Factors$31,531

Funding body: Central Coast Local Health District

Funding body Central Coast Local Health District
Project Team

Mark Lucock, Emma Beckett, Martin Veysey

Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2020
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Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 16
United Kingdom 11
United States 6
New Zealand 1
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Miss Patrice Jones

Positions

Associate Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Casual Lecturer
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Student Peer Advisor
Graduate Research
Research and Innovation Division

Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email patrice.jones@newcastle.edu.au
Links Twitter
Personal webpage

Office

Building Science Offices
Location Ourimbah Campus
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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