David Jones is Professor of Biomaterial Science at Queen’s University Belfast and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students). He gained a BSc (1st class honours) in Pharmacy (1985), a PhD in Pharmaceutics (1988) and, in 2006, a DSc. (Biomaterials Science), all from QUB. In 2014, he gained a BA (1st class honours) in Mathematics and Statistics from the Open University.
He registered with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland in 1989. From 1989-1992 he was a lecturer in Pharmaceutics at the University of Otago and from 1992-1994 he was Head of Formulations at Norbrook Laboratories Limited. In 1994 he was appointed to a lectureship at the School of Pharmacy, QUB and was promoted to a Senior Lectureship in 1997. Since 1999 he holds a personal Chair.
His research concerns the design, characterisation and engineering of pharmaceutical materials/dosage forms and biomedical devices. He is the author of three textbooks, 10 patents and >400 research papers/communications and has been awarded the Lilly prize for Pharmaceutical Research, the British Pharmaceutical Conference Science Award and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Science Innovation Award. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Statistician and a Chartered Chemist and holds elected Fellowships of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Royal Statistical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Irish Academy of Engineering. He is the Editor of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology and is a previous holder of a prestigious Royal Society Industrial Fellowship.