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