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VARI scientist elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

April 25, 2017
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Peter Jones
Peter Jones. Courtesy Van Andel Research Institute

The chief scientific officer at a local research institution has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Van Andel Research Institute’s Peter Jones is one of 228 members in the 2017 class elected to the AAAS.

Jones joins the more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners in the academy.

“I am honored the academy has chosen to recognize the work we have accomplished,” Jones said. “Strong science is a team effort, and I’ve been fortunate to work with incredible colleagues over the years. Our research represents a small contribution to a dynamic field that is brimming with creative, brilliant scientists.”

Jones’ primary research focus is on the study of epigenetics and how it contributes to cancer. He is one of the pioneering scientists in the field, and his research has led to the discovery of a new class of treatments for blood and organ tumors.

Jones is the director of VARI’s Center for Epigenetics and is a co-lead for the VARI Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team, which is testing alternative treatments for colon and blood cancers.

Jones was recently named to the National Academy of Sciences and has been with VARI since 2011.

He shared the Kirk A. Landon Award for Basic Cancer Research from the American Association for Cancer Research in 2009 and won the Medal of Honor from the American Cancer Society in 2011. 

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