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Dr. James J Ashton BMedSci (1st), BMBS (Hons), MRCPCH, PhD

NIHR Clinical Lecturer , Paediatric Gastroenterology SpR

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Dr James Ashton is an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Gastroenterology + Human Genetics and Genomic Medicine. His main research interest is focused on personalised and predicting care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease using genomic.

Dr Ashton is an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Gastroenterology + Human Genetics and Genomic Medicine. Prior to this he completed a PhD on the molecular causes of paediatric inflammatory bowel disease, funded by a prestigious Action Medical Research training fellowship. He has previously been an NIHR academic clinical fellow and academic foundation doctor. Dr Ashton has published extensively in the field of paediatric gastroenterology, he has been awarded grants from European Society of Paediatric Research, Guts-UK and a European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism personal fellowship. He has presented internationally on numerous occasions and currently sits on the BSPGHAN IBD working group.

Dr Ashton’s focus is on predicting patient outcomes using clinical and genomic data, with a view to personalising therapy and management for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. He has expertise in bioinformatics, big data analysis, clinical and epidemiological data processing and next generation sequencing data. He has a specific interest in monogenic forms of inflammatory bowel disease and co-runs a clinic focused on genetic causes of gastroenterological disease in children.

Dr Ashton sits within clinical, translational and basic science research structures. In addition to his main work on the genetic of IBD, Dr Ashton has contributed to a number of local, national and international projects including work on neonatal nutrition, Coeliac disease and body composition analysis. He is keen to supervise clinical and non-clinical PhD students and there is a broad remit of work possible within the wide research group.

BMedSci (1st), University of Nottingham, 2010

BMBS (Hons), University of Nottingham, 2012

MRCPCH, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2016

PhD, University of Southampton, 2021

Appointments held

September 2021 – present                

NIHR clinical lecturer + Paediatric Gastroenterology specialist registrar

November 2020 – present                 

ESPR post-doctoral research fellow, University of Southampton

November 2019                     

Visiting Researcher, Sick Kids Hospital Toronto

September 2017- September 2020               

Action Medical Research training fellow + PhD student, University of Southampton

September 2017- September 2020   

Paediatric Specialist Registrar, Southampton Children’s Hospital

September 2014- September 2017   

NIHR academic clinical fellow, University of Southampton

August 2012- August 2014    

NIHR academic foundation doctor, University of Southampton



Research interests

Inflammatory bowel disease, genomics, personalised medicine, genetics, transcriptomics, microbiome, clinical big data, epidemiology

Research Projects

Genetics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Research group

Human Development and Health

BSG AI in IBD working group member

BSPGHAN IBD working group member

BMJ Open Gastroenterology Social Media Editor

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Personal Academic Tutor (BM courses)

MSC in genomics- small group tutor

BM5- lecturer

Dr. James J Ashton
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

Room Number : SGH//MP808

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