Owen James

Owen James


University of Edinburgh


Owen Gwydion James is a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh where he is using human stem cells to study how neurons in the brain are wrapped in an insulating coat of ‘myelin’. Originally from Cardiff, Owen studied Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle University before gaining an MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh. Owen is 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.

Owen is an enthusiastic science communicator and is 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. Owen plays the trumpet in a number of groups in Edinburgh and enjoys cycling and climbing.