Peter Lloyd Jones, PhD is an award-winning cell and molecular biologist, author and academic whose scientific work and collaborations are dedicated to uncovering basic mechanisms in stem cell biology, embryogenesis and human disease, including breast cancer and lung development. In a broader sense, Jones also actively seeks and finds new solutions to complex problems via extreme collaborations within seemingly unrelated fields, including fashion, industrial, textile and architectural design. Following completion of his Ph.D. at The University of Cambridge (Queens' College) in Cellular and Genetic Pathology, Jones conducted post-doctoral fellowships in 3-D Biology with Drs. Mina Bissell and Marlene Rabinovitch at UC Berkeley and The University of Toronto, respectively.
In 2013, he became the first Associate Dean of Emergent Design and Creative Technologies at The Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University where he founded MEDstudio@JEFF. Prior to that, Jones was a tenured Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania, where he established an NIH funded lab and a national center for the study of pulmonary hypertension. In 2006, he co-founded the Sabin+Jones LabStudio with architectural designer Jenny E. Sabin, who is now at Cornell. In addition to 100+ scientific and design pubs (peer-reviewed), Jones’ ideas on contemporary relationships between biology, medicine and design have been featured in the catalog accompanying the Gen(H)ome exhibition at the MAK Center in L.A., and in an issue of 306090 dedicated to models. Recently, Jones was elected into National Academy of Inventors. nominated for Scientist of the Year at The Philly Geek Awards, and in 2016 he made his one and only TV acting debut as a master-spy on the Emmy award-winning National Geographic science series, Brain Games. Also in 2016, he collaborated once more as curator and co-designer with Jenny Sabin Studio (which acted as lead designer) of THE BEACON for Health and Wellness futures, a responsive ecosystem that probed the interactions that exist between science, medicine and design at their outer limits. In 2017, LabStudio: Design Research between Architecture and Biology by Sabin and Jones was published by Routledge.
1987, UK Medical Research Council PhD Scholarship; 1994, British Royal Society Fellowship to RIKEN, Japan (declined); 1997, Robert Disenhouse Basic Cardiac Science Award, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto; 1998, Florence Murray Award for Basic Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2003, American Physiological Society Giles F Filley Memorial Award for Excellence in Respiratory Physiology & Medicine; 2006-Editorial Board, American Journal of Physiology, Lung Cellular & Molecular Physiology; 2007, ’07 Fellow, Non-linear Systems Organization, PennDesign; 2007, American Institute of Architects, Upjohn Research Award; 2007, Invited Exhibition of LabStudio work, Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia; 2006-Editorial Board, Biochimica Biophysica Acta; 2007-, Editorial Board, Cell Adhesion & Migration; 2008, Elected Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA); 2008, Invited exhibition of LabStudio work, F.U.E.L. Collection, Philadelphia; 2009, “Branching Morphogenesis” by Sabin, Jones et al selected for year-long exhibition at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria (European Cultural Capital ‘09); 2009, Grant, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, Chicago; 2010, Winner of 2009 International Visualization Prize AAAS/NSF (Cover of Science Magazine); 2010, LabStudio awarded $2,000,000 NSF/SEED grant for development of next generation building skins; 2010, Working Prototypes: Design, fabricate & test Opens at Design Hub Barcelona (DHUB), Barcelona, Spain; Sabin, Jones, and Lucia lecture as part of the Whatron Advanced Management Program; LabStudio posting to 3D Printing in AEC blog discussing 2010 International Smart Geometry Conference held in Barcelona at IaaC; 2010, LabStudio begins the pilot project for the Breadboard Residency Program. LabStudio will have access to NextFab Studio resources, personnel and workshop space for the Fall of 2010....updated soon
The word COLLABORATOR most often describes a person bearing specialized knowledge who works with others in a team to advance a joint mission. Collaborator is also a homograph and a contronym, a word holding opposite meanings. So although it looks and sounds the same, this word a contradiction unto itself, even working against it's positive, conventional meaning. Collectively, these relative and context-dependent fluid definitions of Collaborator make it a useful device capable of introducing a range of non-linear possibilities into every sentence or situation into which it inserts itself; either by establishing or augmenting a joint goal, or by acting as a foil or contrarian that generates an alternative plan, design or hypothesis. This ability to balance, accept and evaluate opposites at the same time creates another unexpected but welcome non-linearity. For some people, conflicting messages delivered simultaneously cause Cognitive Dissonance, defined as “a state of mental discomfort experienced by a person who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time”. The notion of placing SCIENCE + DESIGN on the same platform often evokes dissonance, yet this dual state is not only attainable, we believe that it is also essential. Importantly, the tension and diverse opinions that arise within all collaborations carry their own weight and relevance within.
Please visit the homepage galleries which encompass SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS (and HUMANITIES), MEDICINE and DESIGN to learn about just some of our S-TEAM'D COLLABORATIONS. Over time, I'll be gathering and sharing more stories about people working together in the COLLAB+ section of this site, which will hopefully reveal new and unique ways by which COLLABORATION with The Studio Scientist and others occurs.