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Dr Jason Williams-James

Lecturer in Medical Science, Learning/Disability Co-Ordinator
School of Medicine

Jason teaches on a range of subject areas as part of the two-year accelerated BSc (Hons) Medical Science degree, with particular expertise in Anatomy, Microbiology and Public Health. As well as his work within the School of Medicine, Jason is completing a PhD (part-time) in Forensic Science focussing on biological anthropology and human decomposition.

Jason currently delivers teaching on both years of the two-year (accelerated) undergraduate BSc (Hons) Medical Science programme. His areas of research interest include human anatomy, osteology and bioarchaeology as well as forensic taphonomy. His current research is focused on the establishment of a better understanding of the spatial chemistry of human burials from a forensic, archaeological and ecological perspective. Jason also maintains an interest in global/public health and spatial epidemiology.

Prior to joining the School of Medicine, Jason taught (SPH) within the School of Natural Sciences and as a module tutor in the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences, Edinburgh Medical School at the University of Edinburgh where he was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching award. Jason comes with a wealth of experience in both scientific research and diagnostic pathology, having previously worked for the Public Health Laboratory Service performing routine hospital-based diagnostic microbiology and communicable disease surveillance in the greater London area. He has also spent time working for the Veterinary Laboratories Agency undertaking post-mortem disease investigation in livestock and wildlife and a period with the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) at Guy's Hospital, London.

In addition, Jason is a keen Public Engagement advocate and is often involved in organising events that bring science to a wider audience.

  • PgCert Clin Ed, Medical School – University of Edinburgh, 2020
  • PgDip Geographical Information Systems (Spatial Epidemiology), University of South Wales, 2017
  • MVDr, University of Veterinary Medicine, 2010
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, University of Luton, 2004
  • PgCert Clinical Research, University of Leeds, 2001
  • BSc Combined (Hons) Applied Biology/Sports Science, University College Chester, 1999
  • Edinburgh University Students Union Teaching Awards Nominee 2021
  • Anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Global Heath
  • Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Medical Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Student Outcomes
  • Widening Participation to Medicine
  • Forensic Taphonomy
  • Bioarchaeology - Human Osteology
  • Anthropology & Archaeology (In a Forensic context)
  • Human identification
  • DNA sampling and skeletal reconstruction of identity
  • Missing person repatriation of remains
  • International Forensic Archaeology (Mass Graves & Genocide)
  • aDNA / Genomics
  • GIS / Mapping
  • 3D & 4D visualisations and Virtual Autopsy / Anthropology
  • Advanced Imaging (CT / MRI / NMR)
  • Tutor, Deanery of Biomedical Sciences, Edinburgh Medical School, University of Edinburgh
  • Schools & Public Engagement Officer – Royal Society of Biology (South Wales Branch)
  • Royal Society of Biology Ambassador
  • Society Champion – Microbiology Society of Great Britain & Ireland
  • Community Councillor – Penally Community Council (Pembrokeshire, West Wales)
  • Royal Society of Biology – Member
  • Royal Society of Public Health – Member
  • Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene – Member
  • Linnean Society of London – Fellow
  • Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE) - Fellow