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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.