Dennis Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University has been selected as the inaugural early career representative to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Board of Directors. Dr. Jones was nominated for this position by the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP), and will begin his three year term in July 2020. FASEB represents 28 constituent Societies and more than 130,000 researchers from across the world. FASEB is recognized as the research and science policy voice for biomedical investigators. Dr. Jones’s selection to serve on the FASEB board recognizes his status as early investigator who will contribute to the direction of scientific studies.
Dr. Jones was recruited to ASIP membership when he became a faculty member at Boston University by ASIP Past President Dr. Dan Remick who served as Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the time. Dr. Jones immediately engaged in our Society’s functions and activities, and his immense potential was quickly recognized when he was chosen to receive a prestigious George Michalopoulos Junior Faculty Research Award in 2019. Dr. Jones’ laboratory was selected to host a summer research student through the ASIP Summer Research Opportunity in Pathology Program (SROPP) during the summer of 2019. He has also taken on a leadership role with the ASIP Breast Cancer Scientific Interest Group, collaborating with others to organize scientific sessions for the ASIP Annual Meeting. In all of these Society pursuits, Dr. Jones brings a clear understanding of the challenges faced by young academic faculty members that run an academic research program. Dr. Jones has experience with NIH and other grant funding sources, the need to publish, the importance of teaching and training students, and the frequent burden of regulation faced by research scientists.
It is clear that Dr. Jones is the model of an early career academic researcher that recognizes the importance of membership in scientific societies like the ASIP and the important role that FASEB plays in representing working scientists across the United States. He will provide an informed voice for young investigators who face tremendous challenges as they pursue basic and translational research in the current funding and regulatory environment.