Akhenaton-Andrew Dhafir Jones

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Jones' research focuses on addressing global challenges in water and bacteria using engineering and policy analysis. On the microscale this has included efforts exploring how bacteria and bacterial biofilms form and function under fluid, chemical, electrical, and nanomaterial stress. On the human scale this has included systems engineering analysis on how material technology systems can be deployed to increase equity.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018

Research Interests

Biofilms, cardiovascular infections, infectious diseases, biomaterials, antibiotics, porous media flows, fate and transport of nanomaterials in biofilms, water quality sensors, environmental systems analysis, environmental equity, environmental justice

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America. Cell Press . 2021
  • Post-doctoral Student Award. The American Institute of Chemist. 2019
  • Young Investigator Award. Montana State University Center for Biofilm Engineering. 2018

Courses Taught

  • CEE 301L: Fluid Mechanics
  • CEE 560: Environmental Transport Phenomena
  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 701: Graduate Colloquium

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Razgaleh, Sara A., Andrew Wrench, and Akhenaton-Andrew D. Jones. “Surface Energy and Viscoelastic Characteristics of Staphylococcus epidermidis and Cutibacterium acnes Biofilm on Commercial Skin Constructs versus Agar.,” February 15, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.02.10.527933.
  • Jones, A-Andrew D., and Cullen R. Buie. “In situ continuous electrochemical quantification of bacterial adhesion to electrically polarized metallic surfaces under shear.” Biointerphases 17, no. 2 (March 2022): 021001. https://doi.org/10.1116/6.0001585.
  • Cohen, Susan E., Sara M. Hashmi, A-Andrew D. Jones, Vasiliki Lykourinou, Mary Jo Ondrechen, Srinivas Sridhar, Anne L. van de Ven, Lauren S. Waters, and Penny J. Beuning. “Adapting Undergraduate Research to Remote Work to Increase Engagement.” Biophysicist (Rockville, Md.) 2, no. 2 (September 2021): 28–32. https://doi.org/10.35459/tbp.2021.000199.
  • Medina-Cruz, David, Ada Vernet-Crua, Ebrahim Mostafavi, María Ujué González, Lidia Martínez, A-Andrew D Jones Iii, Matthew Kusper, et al. “Aloe Vera-Mediated Te Nanostructures: Highly Potent Antibacterial Agents and Moderated Anticancer Effects.” Nanomaterials (Basel, Switzerland) 11, no. 2 (February 2021): 514. https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11020514.
  • Jones, A-Andrew, David Medina-Cruz, Na Yoon Julie Kim, Gujie Mi, Caterina Bartomeu-Garcia, Lorena Baranda-Pellejero, Nicole Bassous, and Thomas Webster. “Statistical classification of dynamic bacterial growth with sub-inhibitory concentrations of nanoparticles and its implications for disease treatment,” 2020. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.07.19.210930.