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