Dr. Jones

About Dr. Nina Jones

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
College of Biological Science
University of Guelph
Canada Research Chair: Tier II, Eukaryotic Cellular Signalling

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I developed an interest in molecular biology and genetics while pursuing my undergraduate degree here at the University of Guelph. During my Ph.D. training at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Dumont, my research focused on the understanding of signal transduction pathways required for blood vessel formation. This process, known as angiogenesis, occurs during normal development as well as in diseases such as cancer. My interest in using proteins as building blocks to assemble signalling pathways brought me to the lab of Dr. Tony Pawson for my postdoctoral fellowship. There, I studied a unique signalling scaffold in the kidney known the slit diaphragm, and through a combination of biochemical, cellular, and genetic approaches, we were able to demonstrate the importance of several adaptor molecules in kidney development and disease. In the fall of 2006, I joined the faculty of the newly formed Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and in the spring of 2009 was promoted to Associate Professor, with a promotion to Professor in 2018. My research continues to investigate the molecular basis of signal transduction, with an emphasis on understanding how disruptions in this information exchange lead to prevalent human pathologies such as kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and cancer.

Awards and Recognitions

2017U of G College of Biological Science Graduate Mentoring Award (inaugural recipient)
2017YMCA-YWCA of Guelph Women of Distinction Awardee
2016Member of Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
2015Kidney Foundation of Canada Merit Award for Outstanding Community Partner
2011Canada Research Chair, Tier II (NSERC) in Eukaryotic Cellular Signalling
2009CIHR Maud Menten New Principal Investigator Finalist
2008CIHR/Kidney Foundation (KRESCENT) New Investigator Award
2007Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
2006NSERC University Faculty Award
2004CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship
2001National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) Postdoctoral Fellowship
2001John Charles Polanyi Prize in Physiology and Medicine

In the Media

Dr. Jones named U of G Canada Research Chair — Researcher Profile on Dr. Jones

Jones Lab Ph.D. candidate Melanie Wills named to “ Top 40 Under 40” — List by the Guelph Mercury

CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism, & Diabetes — Researcher Profile on Dr. Jones

Dr. Jones awarded grant from Brain Tumour Foundation — Article by U of G Campus News

KRESCENT Researcher Dr. Jones Awarded Canada Research Chair — Kidney Foundation of Canada Profile on Dr. Jones

Jones Lab Ph.D. candidate Melanie Wills awarded prestigious Brock Doctoral Scholarship recognizing research potential — Article by U of G Campus News

U of G Gets $12.8 Million from Canada Research Chairs Program — Article by U of G Campus News

Dr. Jones recognized as Canada Research Chair — Bulletin by the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences

Jones Lab Ph.D. candidate Melanie Wills one of four students named Vanier Scholars — Article by U of G Campus News

“We Go Where the Molecules Take Us” — Guelph grad follows path back to U of G to study inner workings of cells in kidney disease, cancer — Article by At Guelph Volume 53

Kidney Foundation of Canada Gift of Life Walk goes Sunday — Article by the Guelph Tribune

Jones Lab receives CFI infrastructure funding — Article by U of G Campus News

“All in the Name of Science” — U of G mentors helps science fair participants produce award-winning project on maggot therapy, viruses and cancer causing chemicals — Article by At Guelph Volume 51

National Co-operative Education Week at U of G celebrates award winners — Article by At Guelph Volume 53

Dr. Jones featured in Let’s Talk Research, Winter 2007 — Profile by the Kidney Foundation of Canada

Prof Earns Early Researcher Award — Article by U of G Campus News