Assistant Professor James Fraser

James Fraser was an undergraduate at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He moved to California in 2005 to do his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at UC Berkeley. There, he worked with Tom Alber creating biophysical methods to characterize protein side chain flexibility in high resolution X-ray electron density maps to reveal the structural basis for critical functional motions in enzymes. Near the end of his PhD, he was an EMBO Visiting Short-Term Fellow in Dan Tawfik’s lab at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. Concurrently, he authored the problems and solutions manual for the physical chemistry textbook The Molecules of Life by Kuriyan, Konforti, and Wemmer. 

In January 2011, James started his independent career as a QB3 at UCSF Fellow affiliated with the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology. In January 2013, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) with promotion to Associate Professor in 2016. He is also a Consulting Professor in Photon Science at the Stanford SLAC National Laboratory.

James is a recipient of the NIH Early Independence Award, a Pew Scholar Award, a Searle Scholar Award, and a Packard Fellowship. He is an advocate for open science, primarily through the preprint advocacy group ASAPbio, and has a long standing interest in teaching computational biology with practical courses

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