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

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 118A Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-8453
  • Email Address: andrew.jones3@duke.edu


  • 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

  • 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

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Cohen, SE; Hashmi, SM; Jones, A-AD; Lykourinou, V; Ondrechen, MJ; Sridhar, S; van de Ven, AL; Waters, LS; Beuning, PJ, Adapting Undergraduate Research to Remote Work to Increase Engagement, The Biophysicist, vol 2 no. 2 (2021), pp. 28-32 [10.35459/tbp.2021.000199] [abs].
  • Medina-Cruz, D; Vernet-Crua, A; Mostafavi, E; González, MU; Martínez, L; Iii, A-ADJ; Kusper, M; Sotelo, E; Gao, M; Geoffrion, LD; Shah, V; Guisbiers, G; Cholula-Díaz, JL; Guillermier, C; Khanom, F; Huttel, Y; García-Martín, JM; Webster, TJ, Aloe Vera-Mediated Te Nanostructures: Highly Potent Antibacterial Agents and Moderated Anticancer Effects., Nanomaterials (Basel, Switzerland), vol 11 no. 2 (2021) [10.3390/nano11020514] [abs].
  • Jones, A-A; Medina-Cruz, D; Kim, NYJ; Mi, G; Bartomeu-Garcia, C; Baranda-Pellejero, L; Bassous, N; Webster, T, Statistical classification of dynamic bacterial growth with sub-inhibitory concentrations of nanoparticles and its implications for disease treatment (2020) [10.1101/2020.07.19.210930] [abs].
  • Jones, AAD; Xie, Z; Webster, TJ, A hierarchical integration pyramid to increase translation of biomaterials based on recent successes in multiscale synthetic biomaterials research, Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering, vol 10 (2019), pp. 89-96 [10.1016/j.cobme.2019.04.005] [abs].
  • Jones, A-AD; Buie, CR, Continuous shear stress alters metabolism, mass-transport, and growth in electroactive biofilms independent of surface substrate transport., Scientific Reports, vol 9 no. 1 (2019) [10.1038/s41598-019-39267-2] [abs].