Senior Lecturer in Biology and Biomedical Science, Aston University

James is a Senior Lecturer in Biology and Biomedical Science in the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University, UK and a Trustee of the British Society for Research on Ageing (BSRA), the oldest biogerontology research society in the world. Having graduated with a PhD in 2006 based on the role of fat-secreted hormones in pancreatic function James has continued to work in the related field of body fat, both in terms of basic and clinical science, and how excess adiposity affects health and disease.

His research areas include obesity, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and ageing. James also has extensive media experience, having worked on BBC's Trust Me I'm a Doctor, The Truth About... and Channel 4's How To Lose Weight Well as well as radio and print media.


  • 2013–present
    Lecturer, Aston University
  • 2009–2013
    Research Fellow, Aston University
  • 2007–2009
    Research Fellow, Warwick Medical School


  • 2011 
    Aston University, PGCert (Higher Education)
  • 2006 
    University of Wolverhampton, PhD
  • 1999 
    University of Wolverhampton, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science