James grew up in Rochester, NY and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biotechnology from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2011. James spent the next two years as a research technician at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the laboratory of Dr. James Palis, where he studied hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell biology. To escape the brutal NY winters, James moved to Atlanta, GA in 2013 to a pursue a PhD at Emory University in Immunology. At Emory, James worked in the laboratory of Dr. Mehul Suthar, where his research focused on understanding the mechanisms used by pathogenic flavivirus (West Nile virus, Zika virus) to antagonize the human immune response. James received his PhD from Emory in July of 2017, publishing first author papers in both Cell Host Microbe and PLOS Pathogens. Currently, James is a postdoctoral fellow with an interest in developing synthetic biomarkers to monitor cancer immunotherapy. Outside of the lab, James enjoys cooking, eating great food, and spending time outdoors.