Tim Spector is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Director of the TwinsUK Registry at Kings College. Tim is ranked as being in the top 1% of most cited scientists worldwide.His current work focuses on omics and the microbiome and directs the crowdfunded British Gut microbiome project.
Tim Spector is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Director of the TwinsUK Registry at Kings College, London.
Having trained initially in rheumatology and epidemiology, in 1992 he switched to genetic epidemiology and founded the UK Twins Registry. A register of over 12,000 twins used to understand genetic and environmental traits and causes of aging and disease.
Tim is the former President of the International Society of Twin Studies and directs the European Twin Registry Consortium (Discotwin). His research has unearthed the genetic basis for a wide range of traits and diseases previously thought to be bought about by aging and environment. Through genetic association studies (GWAS), his group have found over 500 novel gene loci in over 50 disease areas.
Having published more than 800 research articles, Tim is ranked as being in the top 1% of the world’s most cited scientists by Thomson-Reuters. He held a prestigious European Research Council senior investigator award in epigenetics and is a NIHR Senior Investigator. His current work focuses on omics and the microbiome and directs the crowdfunded British Gut microbiome project.
He is a prolific writer with several popular science books and a regular blog, focusing on genetics, epigenetics and most recently microbiome and diet (The Diet Myth and Spoon-Fed). Both books have in common his passion to convey to as many people as possible, the amazing discoveries that have come to light around the large community of microbes that live in our gut, skin and body - and their highly important role in our health and the current epidemics of obesity, diabetes, allergy and even depression.
Tim believes that Diversity, both in the food we eat and the microbes we feed is the key. The trillions of microbes in our gut play an important role in digesting food and producing a number of chemicals vital for a strong immune system. We know that the greater the number of different types of microbe the healthier we can be. This microbial diversity is achieved by eating a wide array of real and fermented foods, not excluding them.