Epidemiology & Planetary Health Division, An Lòchran,
Ian works at Scotland’s Rural College, Centre for Epidemiology and Planetary Health in Inverness. In the Scottish Governments Centre of Expertise for Animal Disease and Outbreaks EPIC 4, he shares his time between data support and managing our project website. The role of a data support assistant involves liaising with data providers and users, monitoring data set updates and the competition of DSAs/DPIAs. Ian led the EPIC website redeveloped in 2023; with the web design and development team at d8. The website redevelopment aimed to bring the 10+ years of EPIC research outputs to the fore.
Additionally, Ian provides research support to the SAIC-funded Gill Health project and EU Horizon 2020 Decide project.
Ian joined EPIC 2 as a project coordinator in 2013. He was involved in coordinating several activities for the consortium, which included: supporting the Centre of Expertise (CoE) Directorate, reporting, organising meetings/workshops, developing an externally facing website and providing database support for researchers. He has a scientific background in molecular virology carrying out my PhD (The Role of VP7(T13) in Initiation of Infection by Bluetongue Virus) at the Pirbright Institute. A 4-year post-doc appointment followed at the Marie Curie Research Institute studying intracellular transport of Herpes Virus Type-1 tegument proteins. Later Ian joined personal lines insurer Esure as an underwriting analyst, which included: involvement as a technical workstream lead in the product launch of Sheilas’ Wheels motor insurance. Ian has also worked for the large German insurer Allianz on an international best practice initiative for motor insurance. Through this work, Ian achieved a blue belt in the process improvement methodology, Six Sigma. In addition, he was also involved in a customer-centred redesign of the motor insurance quote and buy webpages and the launch of their offering on aggregator sites.
Outside the office, Ian enjoys exploring the Highlands of Scotland with our yellow Labradors Torr and Brahan.