Robert Jones

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Academic Title

Assistant Professor
Department of Development and Surgical Sciences


Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, University of California, San Francisco, 2009
Chemistry/Biochemistry, BS, University of California, San Diego, 1997
Oral/Craniofacial Sciences, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, 2006
Other Education
Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), University of California, San Francisco, 2003 - Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Contact Info




Office Address

6-150 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement

Dr. Jones is a California native who came to Minnesota with his incredibly supportive family in 2009 to join a fantastic pediatric dentistry faculty and collaborative research environment at the U of M. Dr. Jones received his DDS and PhD after completing the Dental Scientist Training Program at University of California, San Francisco. This NIH sponsored T32 training program gave Dr. Jones a graduate education in medical and optical biomedical imaging. His PhD was completed under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel Fried, whose research career has focused on lasers and optical imaging in dentistry. He completed his Pediatric Dental Residency at UCSF in 2009 and has done research in examining biological factors in Early Childhood Caries. Dr. Jones is a 2010 recipient of the Faculty Development Award from the 3M Foundation. He is also a Co-PI on a funded NIH grant (Sept 2010) examining the interaction of oral biofilms and dental resin composites.

Research Interests

Understanding the bacterial biofilm associated with early secondary caries in young children.

Early caries detection using near infrared based imaging, e.g. Optical Coherence Tomography.

Assessing Risk Factors in Early Childhood Caries.


Isfeld DM, Aparicio C, Jones RS, “Assessing near Infrared Optical Properties of Ceramic Orthodontic Brackets using Cross-Polarization Optical Coherence Tomography”, J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater, in press

Xiaozhou L, Jones RS, "Evaluating a Novel Fissure Caries Model using Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography", Dental Materials Journal (Japan), in press

Van Hilsen Z, Jones RS, “Comparing Potential Early Caries Assessment Methods for Teledentistry”, BMC Oral Health 2013, 13:16 (28 March 2013)

Lammeier C, Li Y, Lunos S, Fok A , Rudney J, Jones RS, “The Influence of Dental Resin Material Composition on CP-OCT Imaging, ” J Biomed Opt 17(10), 106002 (October 2012)

OCT, Online Newsletter for Advances in Optical Coherence Tomography Feature of the Week, 4/15/2012 Online Presentation, “Assessing Ex Vivo Dental Biofilms with Cross-Polarization Optical Coherence Tomography”

P. Lenton, J. Rudney, R. Chen, A. Fok, C. Aparicio and R. S. Jones, "Imaging in vivo secondary caries and ex vivo dental biofilms using cross-polarization optical coherence tomography," Dental Materials 28(7), 792-800 (2012)

Chen R, Rudney J, Aparicio C, Fok A, Jones RS, Quantifying dental biofilm growth using cross-polarization optical coherence tomography, Letters in Applied Microbiology, in press 2012.

Huang S-H, Lin L-S, Rudney J, Jones RS, Aparicio C, Lin C-P, Fok, A (2012) A novel dentin bond strength measurement technique using a composite disk in diametral compression. Acta Biomaterialia 8:1597-1602.

Weaver D, Rudney JD, Chen R, Chityala R, Fok A, Aparicio C, Jones RS (2012) Volumetric assessment of oral microcosm biofilms grown on resin composites. J Dent Res 91(Spec Iss A):819.

Aparicio C, Li J, Chen R, Li Y, Jones RS, Rudney J (2012) Surface properties modification induced by sterilization of dental resin composites. J Dent Res 91(Spec Iss A):1200.

Rudney J, Chen R, Jones RS, Fok A, Aparicio C, A Reproducible Oral Microcosm Biofilm Model for Testing Dental Materials, J Dent Res 91(Spec Iss A):1339

Li Y, Li J, Chen R, Carrera C, Rudney J, Jones RS, Aparicio C, Fok A, (2012) Interfacial degradation in composite restorations subjected to multi-species biofilm challenges, J Dent Res 92 (Spec Iss A): 166673 IADR, Iguacu Falls, Brazil.

Li J, Li Y, Chen R, Carrera C, Reilly C, Fok A, Rudney J, Jones RS, Aparicio C (2012) Surface degradation of dental resin composites induced by microcosm biofilms grown in a bioreactor directly from pediatric donors' plaque. 9th World Biomaterials Congress, Chengdu, China.

Nixdorf DR, Jones RS, Leon-Salazar V, John MT, and Idiyatullin D, Detecting Early Carious Lesions: An Ex-vivo MRI-based Study. J Dent Res 90 (Spec Iss A): 1589

Jones RS, Huynh GD, Jones GC, and Fried D, Near-infrared transillumination at 1310-nm for the imaging of early dental decay, Opt. Express 2003: 11, 2259-2265.

Jones RS, Staninec M, Fried D: Imaging artificial caries under composite sealants and restorations. J Biomed Opt 2004; 9: 1297-304.

Dela Rosa A, Sarma AV, Le CQ, Jones RS, Fried D: Perpheral thermal and mechanical damage to dentin with microsecond and sub-microsecond 9.6 µm, 2.79 µm, and 0.355 µm laser pulses. Lasers Surg Med 2004: 35:214-28.

Jones RS, Darling CL, Featherstone JDB, Fried D: Remineralization of in vitro Dental Caries Assessed with Polarization Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography. J Biomed Opt 2006;11:1-9.

Jones RS, Darling CL, Featherstone JDB, Fried D: Imaging Artificial Caries on the Occlusal Surfaces with Polarization Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography. Caries Res 2006;40:81-89.

Jones RS, Fried D: Remineralization of enamel caries can decrease optical reflectivity. J Dent Res 2006;85:804-808.

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