James received his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida. As an undergraduate student, he investigated the predictors and health-related consequences of intimate partner violence under the mentorship of Dr. Abraham Salinas-Miranda. He later joined the lab of Dr. Monica Uddin, where he investigated the epigenetic mechanisms through which exposure to trauma modulate genes involved in stress-relevant pathways to confer risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2020, he joined the Laboratory of Genetics and Genomics under the mentorship of Dr. Payel Sen. His current research leverage both experimental and computational approaches to investigate epigenetic alterations underlying the age-related decline in liver function.