Owen Gwydion James
UK Dementia Research Insitute,
University of Edinburgh
49 Little France Crescent
- Post code
- EH16 4SB
My research interests broadly relate to the role of CNS glia in neurodevelopment, disease and regenerative neurology. During my PhD with Prof. Siddharthan Chandran, I established a human stem cell-derived model of myelination to enable the study of human myelin development, disease and adaptive myelination. In combination with existing models, this new approach will be a useful platform to help identify novel treatments for conditions such as multiple sclerosis. Currently, I am working as a Postdoctoral Researcher with Prof. Chandran and Prof. Neil Carragher.
Originally from Cardiff, I studied Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle University (2013) before gaining an MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh (2015).
As an enthusiastic science communicator, I value public outreach and particularly enjoy patient-scientist events hosted by the University. I won the UK Vitae 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition in 2018, which was an amazing experience. If you haven't done it, you should! I am also a co-creator of GetPROTECTED, a primary school workshop that tours Midlothian every term, discussing the function of different brain regions and the importance of helmet safety whilst cycling.
I play the trumpet in a few groups in Edinburgh and enjoy cycling, climbing and a bit of squash.
- PhD in Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK
- MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, UK (1st Class Honours)
- BSc in Biomedical Sciences, Newcastle University, UK (1st Class Honours)