Valcourt (Jim) is a student in the Systems Biology PhD program at Harvard University.
He has recently joined Sharad Ramanathan’s lab, where he plans to study aging
and the timescales of early cellular differentiation.
Jim graduated from Princeton University in 2012 with an AB in molecular biology and
a certificate in quantitative and computational biology. At Princeton, he
received the Pyne Prize, the highest general distinction given to an
undergraduate. He spent his college years researching quiescence,
post-transcriptional regulation, human population genetics, and the best ways
to belittle Yale in the pages of a college humor magazine. His thesis, with
Professor Hillary Coller, explored a possible novel mechanism of cross-talk in
post-transcriptional regulation between RNA-binding proteins and microRNA.
college, Jim decided to temporarily postpone the glamorous life of a graduate
student to do research for two years at D.E. Shaw Research (DESRES) in New
York City. At DESRES, he studied GPCR allostery and broadly neutralizing HIV
antibodies using long-timescale computational molecular dynamics simulations on
his free time, James enjoys science writing, backpacking, and preparing short
summaries of his accomplishments.