Hi! My name is James and I’m from Vancouver, Canada.
In 2013, I graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelors of Science in biochemistry. While at UCLA, I studied the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on the expression of GABA and glutamate receptors subunits in the fear center of the mammalian brain. After graduating, I had to opportunity to stay in LA and work at the UCLA Larry Hillblom Islet Research center while studying the epigenetic changes that eventually lead to diabetes.
Although LA has been my home for the last 5 years, I am excited to be starting a new chapter of my life at Vanderbilt as an IGP student and a VISP scholar. Aside from being a top ranked institution across the biomedical sciences, the vast amount of faculty studying neuropharmacology and GPCR signaling (my research interests) convinced me to attend Vandy. At the interview weekend the staff, faculty and current students were all incredibly welcoming and helpful and Vandy seems like an amazing place to pursue a PhD.
When I’m not in the lab, I love watching football and of course, hockey (Go Canucks!). I also love experiencing music, whether it’s at a huge festival or a dingy dive bar. I’m a huge fan of the outdoors: swimming, hiking, running and exploring the world!