Caroline N. Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Assistant Professor of Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health


Biological Sciences, Microbiology
Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health
Genetics, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Caroline N. Jones received her B.S. in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University in 2002. She received an M.Eng. in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University in 2003 working in the Bioanaytical Microsystems & Biosensors laboratory with Antje Baeumner to develop universal pathogen biosensors. She did her graduate work on engineering cellular microenvironments with Alexander Revzin in the Laboratory of Microfabrication and Nanotechnology for Manipulation and Analysis of Cellular Systems, receiving a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of California, Davis in 2010. Her postdoctoral training in BioMEMS and immune cell migration was with Mehmet Toner and Daniel Irimia at the Center for Engineering in Medicine and BioMEMS Resource Center of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 2010-2015. She joined Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as assistant professor of Biological Sciences in August 2015.

Graduate Students

Brittany Boribong
Brittany graduated from the University of Scranton in 2015 with a B.S. in Biomathematics and a minor in Mathematics. Brittany is currently in the Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (GBCB) Ph.D. program at Virginia Tech. She is also a scholar in the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program. Her research interests lie in the application of mathematical models to biological systems, as well as learning experimental biology techniques. She is currently researching how to model cell migration of immune cells in response to sepsis.
Nidhi Menon
Nidhi graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, with major in Biological Engineering and a minor in Biotechnology. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Translational Biology, Medicine and Health at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include medical diagnostics, pharmaceutical engineering, microfluidics and biosensor design and fabrication to name a few.
Udaya Sree Datla
Udaya received her Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Andhra University (India) in 2011. She then received her M.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences from Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University in 2013. Later, she worked as an Analytical Chemist in a Steriles lab at Patheon Pharmaceuticals Inc., where she had a real time experience working with generic drug products, including anti-cancer drugs in a GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) environment. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in Translational Biology, Medicine and Health with a specialization in Onco-Engineering. Her research is mainly focused on fabricating microfluidic devices and using them to study population dynamics of pathogen-immune cells and cancer-immune cells across varying microenvironmental conditions.

Undergraduate Students


Amina Rahimi
B.S. Biochemistry and Microbiology - Class of 2018
Amina is working on developing on-chip single-cell biosensors to quantify leukocyte phenotypes during sepsis. Amina intends to pursue a career as an MD/PhD, integrating the fields of infectious diseases and bioengineering.
Katie Lee
B.S. Biology and Clinical Neuroscience (Minor in Entomology) -Class of 2018
Katie is focused on studying eosinophil migration in response to asthma related fungal pathogens at a single-cell level.

Lab Alumni

Mark Lenzi
Former Research Specialist (August 2015 - March 2017)
Mark received his B.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Virginia Tech in May 2015. He had experience using engineering applications for biological testing in the Department of Entomology. His responsibilities in Jones lab included designing microfluidic devices to quantify host-pathogen interactions, managing equipment and supply needs, and maintaining a safe research environment.
Naya Eady
Former VT-PREP Scholar (July 2016 - July 2017)
Naya received her B.S. in Biology from Trinity Washington University in May 2016. She joined our lab with experience in PCR, western Blot, bacterial killing assays, histological staining and lab animal care from interning at the National Institute on Aging and Savannah River Ecology Lab. Her work in Jones lab focused on studying the influence of neutrophil migration patterns on the development of inflammatory bowel disease. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Sciences in Cornell University.