Jon is a physiotherapist who also has a background in physiology and clinical anatomy. Prior to embarking on an academic career, he worked throughout the United Kingdom and Australia as a clinician. He is the recent editor of the Australasian Medical Journal, and sits on the editorial boards of other leading journals in the anatomical sciences including both science and education journals. He has published extensively in the anatomical sciences in both science and education over the last decade. Jon is also active in ethics and governance, and is a member of the International Federation of Association of Anatomists committee that oversees ethics and governance for body donation globally.
Jon's research interests include two main foci. The first is the biology and morphology of skeletal muscle (spinal muscles in particular) and changes that occur in muscle as we age, and understanding the mechanisms involved in muscle cell death. He also researches aspects of governance relating to body and human tissue donation for biomedical science education, research and healthcare. Previous projects have included world-wide studies on body donors (those people that donate their body to medical science), while recent work has involved examining the law and governance of access to human tissue samples (such as those provided for healthcare diagnosis) and assessing knowledge and attitudes to healthcare donation (organs, body, and records) in New Zealand.