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Tim Spector

Tim Spector, a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, founded the UK Twins Registry, researching genetic and environmental influences on aging and disease. A prolific author and highly cited scientist, he focuses on genetics, epigenetics, microbiomes, and personalized nutrition. Spector co-founded ZOE, contributed to COVID-19 research, and emphasizes microbial diversity for health.


About Tim Spector

Tim Spector is a leading figure in the healthcare industry, known for his detailed knowledge of health, nutrition, and epidemiology. Initially trained in medicine and rheumatology, Tim shifted his focus to genetic epidemiology in 1992, founding the UK Twins Registry to study genetic and environmental influences on aging and disease. Currently, he serves as a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and directs the TwinsUK Registry, which has enrolled over 15,000 sets of identical twins to explore the heritability of various conditions.

Tim’s research has been revolutionary, uncovering the genetic basis for numerous traits and diseases through genetic association studies (GWAS), identifying over 500 novel gene loci across more than 50 disease areas. He is ranked among the top 1% of the world’s most cited scientists by Thomson-Reuters and has published over 800 research articles. His current work focuses on omics and the microbiome, directing the crowdfunded British Gut microbiome project.

In 2017, Tim co-founded ZOE, a data science company that provides personalized nutrition insights through home kits. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he co-founded the ZOE Covid Study, becoming a public figure by providing informative updates on the virus’s symptoms and spread. His contributions to the pandemic response earned him an OBE in 2020.

A prolific author and communicator, Tim has written several popular science books, including “The Diet Myth” and “Spoon-Fed,” which explore the critical role of microbes in health and debunk common myths about diet and nutrition. His passion for sharing scientific knowledge extends to a regular blog and numerous public speaking engagements.

Tim believes that dietary diversity is crucial for health, advocating for the consumption of a wide array of real and fermented foods to foster microbial diversity, which is vital for a robust immune system and overall well-being. His expertise and engaging communication style make him a sought-after speaker for corporate and industry events, where he shares his profound insights into genetics, epidemiology, and nutrition.

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