If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1998 with a BSc in Neuroscience, before moving to the University of Edinburgh, where I have been based as a researcher ever since. I worked first as a research assistant (Centre for Genome Research) before undertaking a PhD in Medical Genetics (Molecular Medicine Centre), followed by two postdoctoral research positions (also Molecular Medicine Centre and Centre for Cognitive & Neural Systems). I then left academic research in 2010 and worked in both the publishing and higher education sectors. In 2018, I returned to my research career on a Daphne Jackson Trust career reentry fellowship based at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences.



BSc in Neuroscience, University of Glasgow (1998)

PhD in Medical Genetics, University of Edinburgh (2003)

Research Interests

My main research focus is on mitochondria and their role in health and disease. With a background in Neuroscience, I am particulary interested in their involvement in brain-related disorders. I am currently investigating their role in the motor neuron disease, spinal muscular atrophy.



I worked as an Associate Lecturer for The Open University from 2015 to 2020 on the Level 2 course, 'The Science of the Mind'


Dive into the research topics where Rachel James is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles