Chonnettia Jones brings more than two decades of experience in science and health research, strategy and policy in the US, UK/Europe and Canada.
As Vice President, Research at Michael Smith Health Research BC, Chonnettia directs the organization’s research strategy, funding programs, and strategic partnerships to maximize British Columbia’s investments in health research. Chonnettia formerly held an executive leadership role at the Wellcome Trust in London, where she provided strategic leadership to maximize the impact of Wellcome’s funding and strategic initiatives in global health research. At the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chonnettia managed an international program that developed innovative tools for scientific research.
Chonnettia serves on a number of international advisory boards on scholarly publishing, open research, responsible research assessment, and anti-racism in research. Chonnettia speaks internationally on issues central to research, including equity, diversity and inclusion, conceptualizations of research excellence, and systemic inequities in research.
Chonnettia holds a Ph.D. in developmental biology from Emory University with interest in the molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating neural development.