Mr Ross Jones

Lecturer in Clinical and Surgical Anatomy.

Mr Ross Jones

Lecturer in Clinical and Surgical Anatomy

  • Anatomy@Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences
  • University of Edinburgh

Contact details



Doorway 3
Medical School
Teviot Place


Ross graduated in Medicine from the University of St Andrews/ University of Manchester in 2005. Following house jobs in the North Western Deanery, he entered run-through training in General Surgery (from 2007 to 2017) with rotations in Intensive Care Medicine, Urology, Vascular, Breast, Upper GI and Colorectal Surgery. During his training, Ross undertook out-of-programme research at the University of Edinburgh, and gained further postgraduate qualifications in Human Anatomy (MSc, PhD). After completing the general component of his surgical training, Ross decided to pursue an academic career in Clinical and Surgical Anatomy, and was appointed to his current post in October 2017. 


PhD (Human Anatomy), The University of Edinburgh, 2017

MSc (Human Anatomy), The University of Edinburgh, 2012

MRCS (Eng), The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2008

MBChB, The University of Manchester, 2005

BSc (Medical Sciences), University of St Andrews, 2002

Teaching overview

In addition to his major teaching commitments on the MBChB Medicine and MSc Human Anatomy programmes, Ross also contributes to the Anatomical Sciences (Online Distance Learning; PG Cert/Dip), Anatomy and Development (BSc Hons) and Physiology (BSc Hons) programmes.

Professional courses and examinations

Regional Anatomy for Core Surgical Trainees (Scotland Deanery)


Improving Surgical Training Programme (IST)

This programme forms part of the Improving Surgical Training (IST) strategy and provides a targeted revision of whole-body anatomy for Core Surgical Trainees. Utilising cadaveric material in a small group setting, the approach focuses on the three-dimensional appreciation of anatomical structure and relationships underpinning physical diagnosis and safe surgery.

The Scotland Deanery is responsible for managing postgraduate medical training (including surgical training) across the four Scottish regions, in accordance with the requirements of the General Medical Council. 


Wade Programme in Surgical Anatomy (The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh)

Co-convenor of Wade Study Days

Wade Programme in Surgical Anatomy

These study days provide a comprehensive review of the surgical anatomy of the head & neck, trunk and limbs from both a theoretical and practical perspective, and are aimed at trainees preparing for the MRCS examination. Medical students with a particular interest in surgery or anatomy are also encouraged to attend.


Norwich MRCS Anatomy Revision Day (The Academy of Surgical Education)


The Academy of Surgical Education


Anatomy for the FRCA (Tayside School of Anaesthesia)


Tayside School of Anaesthesia


Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (ICBSE)

MRCS MCQ Paper Panel 

Intercollegiate MRCS Examinations

Research overview

Ross collaborates closely with the Gillingwater Laboratory on all aspects of human and comparative neuromuscular junction (NMJ) form and function. This research aims to inform the translation of animal models of neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. motor neurone disease) to the human condition. Ross also co-ordinates the tissue harvesting programme with the Departments of Vascular and Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, which facilitated the first comprehensive description of the cellular and molecular anatomy of the human neuromuscular junction.

Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences

Euan MacDonald Centre


Original articles
  • Jones RA, Harrison C, Eaton SL, Hurtado ML, Graham LC, Alkhammash L, Oladiran OA, Gale A, Lamont DJ, Simpson H, Simmen MW, Soeller C, Wishart TM, Gillingwater TH. Cellular and Molecular Anatomy of the Human Neuromuscular Junction. Cell Reports. 21, 2348-2356 (2017).
 Available: Open access online.
  • Herranz-Martin S, Chandran J, Lewis K, Mulcahy P, Higginbottom A, Walker C, Martinez-Pena y Valenzuela I, Jones RA, Coldicott I, Azzouz M et al. Viral delivery of C9orf72 hexanucleotide repeat expansions in mice leads to repeat-length-dependent neuropathology and behavioral deficits. Disease Models & Mechanisms. 10, 859-868 (2017). 
  • Hall EA, Nahorski MS, Murray LM, Shaheen R, Perkins E, Dissanayake KN, Kristaryanto Y, Jones RA, Vogt J, Mill P et al. PLAA Mutations Cause a Lethal Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathy by Disrupting Ubiquitin-Mediated Endolysosomal Degradation of Synaptic Proteins. The American Journal of Human Genetics. 100, 706-724 (2017).
  • Jones RA, Reich CD, Dissanayake KN, Kristmundsdottir F, Findlater GS, Ribchester RR, Simmen MW, Gillingwater TH. NMJ-morph reveals principal components of synaptic morphology influencing structure-function relationships at the neuromuscular junction. Open Biology. 6, 160240 (2016).  Available: Open access online.
  • Ross PD, Guy J, Selfridge J, Kamal B, Bahey N, Tanner KE, Gillingwater TH, Jones RA, Loughrey CM, McCarroll CS, Bailey MES, Bird A, Cobb S. Exclusive expression of MeCP2 in the nervous system distinguishes between brain and peripheral Rett syndrome-like phenotypes. Human Molecular Genetics. 25, 4389-4404 (2016).
  • Powis RA, Karyka E, Boyd P, Côme J, Jones RA, Zheng Y, Szunyogova E, Groen EJN, Hunter G, Thomson D, Wishart TM, Becker CG, Parson SH, Martinat C, Azzouz M, Gillingwater TH. Systemic restoration of UBA1 ameliorates disease in spinal muscular atrophy. JCI Insight. 1, 87908 (2016).
  • Hunter G, Powis RA, Jones RA, Groen EJN, Shorrock HK, Lane FM, Zheng Y, Sherman DL, Brophy PJ, Gillingwater TH. Restoration of SMN in Schwann cells reverses myelination defects and improves neuromuscular function in spinal muscular atrophy. Human Molecular Genetics. 25, 2853-2861 (2016).
  • Atkin WS et al. (collaborator: Jones RA). Once-only flexible sigmoidoscopy screening in prevention of colorectal cancer: a multicentre randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. 375, 1624-1633 (2010).
Book chapters
  • Jones RA, Mortimer JW. Anatomy for Surgeons. In: Fisher R, Ahmed K, Dasgupta P (eds) Introduction to Surgery for Students. Springer, pp. 17-29 (2017). Available: Online.

Online resources
  • Jones RA, Gillingwater TH. NMJ-morph [interactive resource]. University of Edinburgh. Centre for Integrative Physiology. Doi: 10.7488/ds/1490 (2016). Available: Online.