Ian Simpson

Last name

Dr. Ian Simpson is currently Principal Researcher in Statistical Genomics and Bioinformatics at Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) and Principal Investigator in the Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation (IANC) at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh.

He trained in Biochemistry and Genetics at Oxford University before conducting post-doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh investigating the regulation of gene expression in the mammalian brain. Dr. Simpson’s research uses machine learning, modelling and statistical techniques to study the molecular basis of neurological diseases with particular focus on diseases of cognition. At BioSS he develops and applies novel Statistical and Bioinformatics methodologies to analyse genomics data in collaboration with research groups at the Scottish Government’s Major Research Providers (MRPs) primarily in the area of animal and plant health and disease.

He is a STEM Ambassador and is actively involved in numerous biology, computing and statistics based outreach activities.

Working Groups: Computing in Schools; Research the Headlines; Open Data


Areas of Interest
Biomedical Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Cognitive Sciences, Education, Informatics, Mathematics and Statistics, Organismal and Environmental Biology
University of Edinburgh/BioSS
Key words
Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Statistics, Genomics, Systems Biology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Informatics, Computer Science

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Professor Lesley McMillan is Professor of Criminology and Sociology and Theme Lead for Violence, Crime and Justice Research at Glasgow Caledonian University. She is Associate Director of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research where she leads the Public Protection Network and Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh.