Owen Gwydion James

Thesis title: Development of a human pluripotent stem cell-derived in vitro model of myelination


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). I am interested in applying stem cell technology to develop novel models of human brain development which can be used as tools to identify new treatments for diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

As an enthusiastic science communicator, I value public outreach and particularly enjoy patient-scientist events hosted by the University. I recently won the UK Vitae 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition, 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.


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  • MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, UK (1st Class Honours)
  • BSc in Biomedical Sciences, Newcastle University, UK (1st Class Honours)