Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Senior Clinical Research Fellow







Hammersmith HospitalHammersmith Campus





Ben Jones is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow within the Section of Endocrinology and Investigative Medicine, and a Consultant in Metabolic Medicine based in Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and North West London Pathology. His research is focussed on the translational pharmacology of G protein coupled receptors in metabolic disease.

He completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Cambridge in 2006, and was a Foundation and Core Medical trainee on the Cambridge and Oxford rotations, respectively. In 2010 he moved to Imperial as an Academic Clinical Fellow in Metabolic Medicine. He was awarded an MRC-funded Clinical Research Training Fellowship in 2013 (supervisors: Prof Steve Bloom and Prof Tricia Tan), during which he applied the emerging concept of "biased agonism" to the GLP-1 receptor. 

After completing clinical training in 2020 he has recently been awarded the Imperial Post-Doctoral, Post-CCT Fellowship (IPPRF). Current work aims to establish the mechanism of action of biased incretin receptor agonists, and how their unusual effects can be exploited therapeutically in diabetes and obesity.



McGlone ER, Manchanda Y, Jones B, et al., 2021, Receptor Activity-Modifying Protein 2 (RAMP2) alters glucagon receptor trafficking in hepatocytes with functional effects on receptor signalling, Molecular Metabolism, Vol:53, ISSN:2212-8778, Pages:1-11

Lucey M, Ashik T, Marzook A, et al., 2021, Acylation of the incretin peptide exendin-4 directly impacts GLP-1 receptor signalling and trafficking, Molecular Pharmacology, Vol:100, ISSN:0026-895X, Pages:319-334

Pickford P, Lucey M, Rujan R-M, et al., 2021, Partial agonism improves the anti-hyperglycaemic efficacy of an oxyntomodulin-derived GLP-1R/GCGR co-agonist, Molecular Metabolism, Vol:51, ISSN:2212-8778

Marzook A, Chen S, Pickford P, et al., 2021, Evaluation of efficacy- versus affinity-driven agonism with biased GLP-1R ligands P5 and exendin-F1, Biochemical Pharmacology, Vol:190, ISSN:0006-2952, Pages:1-12

Marzook A, Tomas A, Jones B, 2021, The interplay of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor trafficking and signalling in pancreatic beta cells, Frontiers in Endocrinology, Vol:12, ISSN:1664-2392, Pages:1-12

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