Professor James Logan

Scientist, researcher and television presenter

Professor James Logan is a scientist, television presenter and internationally renowned research leader. He is Head of the Department of Disease Control and Director of ARCTEC at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Founder and Scientific Director of Vecotech Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and has a first class BSc honours degree in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen and an award-winning PhD. He is Principal Investigator of a large research portfolio investigating new ways to control arthropod vectors that transmit pathogens of medical importance, including malaria, Zika, dengue, trachoma and Lyme disease. Through chemical ecology studies, his research group explores how we can exploit the olfactory system of insects and other animals to develop novel methods to detect and control diseases. He regularly advises UK government departments on aspects of vector biology, invasive species and vector control.

James is also a Science Ambassador for the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Network and has presented a wide variety of television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, including the award-winning Embarrassing Bodies. When not researching vector-borne diseases, James can be found taking part in long distance running events, performing in his local choir and looking after his three year old daughter.

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