Jonathan was born in Oxford but studied for a BA degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge (1970-73).
He then worked as a technician for five years in Basel, Switzerland before embarking on research supervised by Christoph Moroni leading to a PhD from the University of Basel.
Next, he joined John Coffin’s lab in Boston, USA spending seven years (1982-89) as a research associate before returning to the UK with an appointment at the MRC’s National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR). Since 2015 he has been a Senior Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2017.