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Extraordinary People

The University of Edinburgh is an extraordinary place, where our extraordinary people make ideas work for a better world. Discover our extraordinary people and be inspired to innovate.

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The Edinburgh Innovators

The University of Edinburgh is an extraordinary place, full of extraordinary people making a positive impact on all our communities.

At Edinburgh Innovations, we help researchers, students, governments and our industry partners drive innovation.

We celebrate all the extraordinary people at this University for their excellence, ambition and the positive impacts they have made on individuals, communities, societies and our world.

We will be spotlighting just some of the extraordinary people we’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with. Keep visiting this space as we spotlight more of our extraordinary people.

 

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Dr Tanja Romankiewicz

Image of Dr Tanja Romankiewicz standing next to a tree
Dr Tanja Romankiewicz is Chancellor’s Fellow in Archaeology, Research Affiliate at the Edinburgh Futures Institute, Co-Lead on the Cultural Heritage research theme in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS), and Archaeology’s Director of Research.

Dr Christine Tait-Burkard

Extraordinary People Dr Christine Tait-Burkard
Dr Christine Tait-Burkard is a group leader at The Roslin Institute and an expert on coronaviruses and arteriviruses. Her research group is using genome editing to produce pigs resistant to the PRRS virus, the world’s most costly infectious disease affecting the species.

Dr Gregor Gorjanc

Dr Gregor Gorjanc
Dr Gregor Gorjanc leads of the HighlanderLab at The Roslin Institute. This extraordinary person is developing genetic solutions to help tackle global environmental and food supply challenges.

Professor Susan Rosser

Professor Susan Rosser
Susan Rosser is Professor of Synthetic Biology, a joint appointment between the School of Biological Sciences and School of Engineering.

Dr Konrad Rawlik

Dr Konrad Rawlik
Dr Konrad Rawlik is a Research Fellow and Data Curation Project Analyst at The University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute and one of the key people behind Omecu, a disruptive commercial platform which will change how genomic, and other medical data is accessed.

Dr Tom Wishart

Dr Tom Wishart
Dr Tom Wishart is Reader in Molecular Anatomy at The Roslin Institute. This extraordinary person is making crucial advancements in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases. 

Professor Joyce Tait

Professor Joyce Tait
Unconventional, disruptive and interdisciplinary, Joyce is Co-Director of the Innogen Institute, which she co-created in 2002 to implement a user-focused approach to innovation regulation, risk governance and stakeholder engagement.

Dr Mike McGrew

Professor Mike McGrew
Dr Mike McGrew is Chair of Avian Biotechnologies at the Roslin Institute. This extraordinary person is making crucial advancements to identify the genes that are important for healthy birds and to protect and conserve bird species.

Professor Sean Smith

Professor Sean Smith
Innovative and determined from a young age, it is no surprise that Sean has become Professor of Future Construction at the School of Engineering and Director of the Centre for Future Infrastructure at the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

Dr Tilo Kunath

Dr Tilo Kunath
Dr Tilo Kunath, a Group Leader, Reader in Regenerative Neurobiology in the School of Biological Sciences. This extraordinary person is making crucial advancements in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.