William Jones

William Jones Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: Baker-Hebron 12
Phone: 563-425-5903
Email: jonesw@uiu.edu

"I have come to teaching because I thoroughly enjoy sharing my life experiences in science with young people. Before I was a professor, I worked in the biotech industry and pioneered research in the expression and characterization of bone growth factors. These are proteins which cause stem cells to differentiate into bone forming cells and ultimately form new bones. This product is now used in back surgeries to help people who have had herniated discs.

Throughout my career, I have also developed dozens of immuno-based assays for use in drug discovery. These assays detect the level of expression of certain proteins and small signaling molecules. They are used in drug discovery to determine if potential drugs can change the level of expression of these proteins and signaling molecules. If the potential drug changes the level of expression in a way scientist find favorable, these potential drugs may eventually become actual drugs seen at your local pharmacy. These potential drugs are found by testing hundreds of thousands compounds in robotic systems using the assays that I developed.

Many Upper Iowa students have a background that I share. I grew up on an Iowa farm and in a small Iowa town. I understand that stepping out of that experience into a scientific career, while very exciting, can also be a little daunting. I have found the students at Upper Iowa to be the best aspect of the university. They are open to working hard and taking on challenges. I find it rewarding to help them take steps similar to the ones I have made in my own life.
I also enjoy helping students with their research projects. Assisting students develop a project and execute it is gratifying. The projects I have worked on so far have been in areas of physiology and immune-assay development which have built upon my own experience."


B.S. in Biology: Iowa State University
Ph.D. in Biology: Baylor College of Medicine

Courses Taught

  • BIO 100 General Biology
  • BIO 135 Principles of Biology I
  • BIO 268 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIO 270 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 275 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 375 Immunology
  • BIO 397 Molecular Tools II

Research Interests

  • Protein Chemistry
  • Immuno assays
  • Physiological based projects

Examples of Student Projects

  • Development of an ELISA for a fusion protein
  • Spinal reflex reaction times