Principal Investigator

James A. Van Deventer

Contact Info:
Science & Technology Ctr
4 Colby Street
Room 154
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Tel: 617.627.6339
Fax: 617.627.3991

> Curriculum vitae

James A. Van Deventer was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley near Los Angeles, California. He moved north to attend Stanford University as an undergraduate, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and pursued semiconductor surface functionalization research in the laboratory of Stacey F. Bent. James then returned to southern California for graduate studies in chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, completing both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. His thesis research in the laboratory of David A. Tirrell employed noncanonical amino acids in applications of protein engineering and biophysics. To complete his training, James pursued postdoctoral training in the laboratory of K. Dane Wittrup in the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. James's work there included antibody-based targeting of cancer-associated fibroblasts and the use of noncanonical amino acids to enhance the capabilities of yeast display. James is currently interested in applications of genetic code manipulation and high throughput screening that enable new opportunities in therapeutic engineering and biocatalysis.