Dr Nicola Jones received her medical degree from the University of Toronto. She subsequently completed training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at SickKids in Toronto and a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jones accepted a faculty position as a clinician scientist and pediatric gastroenterologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in 1999 and was promoted to full professor and senior scientist in 2010.
Dr Jones's research program focuses on host pathogen interactions with particular interests in Helicobacter pylori and understanding host microbe interactions in inflammatory bowel disease. She has had funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Canadian Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. Dr. Jones' research has been recognized with the University of Toronto Department of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award 2004, and Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Young Investigator Award 2005.
Dr. Jones is passionate about research education and has served as the training program director for the Division of Gastroenterology/ Hepatology and Nutrition at SickKids as well as on the Nucleus Committee for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Gastroenterology). She is the past leader of the Clinician Scientist Program at SickKids and the University of Toronto Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program. She has chaired numerous meetings for trainees emphasizing career development and research including Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Residents in Training, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition First Year Fellows Conference, and Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Research Topics in GI Disease. Dr. Jones' abilities as an educator have been recognized with a Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Young Educator Award 2009.
Dr. Jones has served as the research chair for the Canadian Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, a council member for the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and is currently the VP secretary for Canadian Association of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Jones is supported by her husband, Dr. David Simpson. Nicola and David have two wonderful children Bronwynn and Finnegan who keep them very busy at hockey arenas, baseball diamonds and lacrosse fields.