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Meet Our Scientists

Learn more about the work and life of our scientists in a series of interviews.

Dr Finn Grey on the genetics of virology

The genetics of viruses and the people and animals they infect, and 42 years waiting to be part of the Scottish football team.

Dr Tim Regan on human immune cells

Using gene editing techniques to reveal information about immune cells, and sharing a life-long curiosity for science.

Dr Xavier Donadeu on stem cells and reproduction

Research for more efficient livestock production, challenges of research funding and how he became a scientist.

Professor Mark Stevens on bacterial disease

Bacterial disease in animals and people, his role as Deputy Director for Research and some of life’s professional challenges.

Dr Jacqueline Smith on the genetics of birds

Birds as models for human disease, the genetics of resistance, a paper accepted right away and her dream of being a famous Egyptologist.

Dr Fiona Houston on transmission of prion diseases

Prion diseases in animals and people, blood transfusions, commonalities with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and her love for gardening.

Dr Gerry McLachlan on cystic fibrosis

Choosing the best model to evaluate gene therapy strategies for cystic fibrosis in humans and his dream of being Kenny Dalglish.

Dr Musa Hassan on host-pathogen interactions

Why some individuals get sick while others don’t, challenges in science, drug development, and similarities between science and law.

Professor Andrea Wilson on the genetics of disease and behaviour

Using maths in genetic research, a dream of informing breeding programmes, dealing with rejection and garden landscape.

Dr Pam Wiener on the genetics of complex traits in animals

The influence of genes in animal traits, maths for biology, the secret dream of becoming a writer and her love for science.

Positive male role models at the Institute

To celebrate International Men's Day, a number of our male scientists raise awareness and give men and children good positive role models to look up to.

Dr Emily Clark on genes with a function

The genetics of tropical adaptation, advances in genome sequencing, colourful lambs and her love of animals.

Dr Megan Davey on how embryos grow

Photo of Dr Megan Davey of the Roslin Institute
Why we have five fingers, recreating 250 million years of evolution, Sonic Hedgehog and the wish of being a fiction writer.

Celebrating Ada Lovelace: Female computer scientists at Roslin

Computer models to investigate Salmonella, anti-inflammatories, microbes, animal health and genetic differences between men and women.

Dr Rob Ogden on conservation genetics

How genetic research helps wildlife conservation, the importance of involving communities and his dream of being a football player.

Dr Andy Law on bioinformatics

The difficulties of explaining coding best practice to biologists, applications in genetic research and a potential career as sports professional.

Dr Vicky MacRae on bone formation and calcified arteries

Similarities and differences of bone formation and calcified arteries, and the importance of a happy work environment.

Professor Helen Sang on the importance of chicken research

Insights into embryo development, genome-editing for chicken health and the importance of engaging with the public.

Dr Mark Barnett on the genetics of bees

Scientist Dr Mark Barnett showing a young child the bee apiary
The creation of the campus apiary and how whole genome sequencing, bioinformatics and breeding could help honey bee health.