Yava L. Jones-Hall received her BA in biology from Talladega College in 1999 and her DVM from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After completing her veterinary degree she began a residency in anatomic veterinary pathology at Michigan State University (MSU). During the second year of her residency she was awarded a fellowship from the NIH by the (now named) Comparative Biomedical Scientist Program. This fellowship supported her pathology residency and PhD. She took a sabbatical from her residency/PhD from 2006-2007 to serve in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the United States Army Veterinary Corps. During this deployment Captain Jones was the sole officer in charge of veterinary operations for the capital city of Kabul. Following her tour of duty in Afghanistan, she returned to MSU to complete her residency and subsequently transitioned to the National Cancer Institute-Cancer and Inflammation Program to continue her PhD, under the mentorship of Dr. Giorgio Trinchieri. Her research focused on the contribution of tumor necrosis factor to the severity and progression of colitis and colitis associated colon cancer. In 2008, while in her third year of her PhD, she passed the veterinary anatomic pathology board exam and became a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. She completed her PhD in pathology in 2010. She is now an associate professor of veterinary pathology in the comparative pathobiology Department at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Here roles are multiple and include being a principal investigator, investigative pathologist, diagnostician, and educator. Her laboratory uses a mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to evaluate how alterations in the gut microbiome correlate with disease severity, age, sex, and immune status. As an investigative pathologists, she provides pathology support to investigators that utilize a variety of animal models of human and animal diseases. She primarily collaborates with studies that evaluate intestinal disease in animal models of enteric cancer and inflammation, but she also collaborates on studies of cancer and inflammation in other organ systems. Her faculty appointment also includes teaching courses to veterinary students and anatomic pathology residents and providing diagnostic service at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) at Purdue University. She is currently the leader of the ophthalmic pathology service at the ADDL.