Jim is one of the investigators for the APPreSci consortium.
He is a professor of Human genetics and is affiliated both to the Usher Institute at The University of Edinburgh and the MRC Human Genetics Unit.
Jim is affiliated both to the Usher Institute and the MRC Human Genetics Unit. Over the last decade Jim led two large genetic epidemiology studies in Orkney and Shetland. These platform resources for health research benefit from rich phenotyping, deep genotyping, a tissue biobank and prospective follow up through record linkage and have contributed to the discovery of over 1000 novel associations. More recently he has initiated a number of international consortia to explore interests in the genetic architecture of complex traits.
Jim is engaged in science communication principally through radio and TV series explaining genetics to the public (e.g. Blood of the Vikings, On the Ocean, Is it better to be mixed race?, Gatwick Baby, British More or Less, Twincredibles, Meet the Izzards, the IFTA-winning Blood of the Irish and Blood of the Travellers, a book and radio series, The Scots, A Genetic Journey) and has been involved in the genetic ancestry testing business for over decade.
You can read more about him here.