Owen Gwydion James

Postdoctoral researcher

  • UK Dementia Research Institute
  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
  • Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic

Contact details



UK Dementia Research Insitute,
Chancellor's Building
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)

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