About Me

I’m Brian James, an aspiring bioinformaticist with a very wide breadth of other knowledge and interests. I graduated with Honors from the University of Illinois in Computer Science. Several years ago, I became a homeowner of a uniquely appropriate fixer-upper which has kept me busy with renovations and improvements. In my spare time, I also freelance as a writing coach, particularly for engineering and science students.

My wife Noelle is a behavioral geneticist. She received her PhD in Neuroscience here at the U of I, after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, where we met.

My dog Kaylee is an adorable border collie hybrid. Even she’s an intellectual. She uses a doorbell to go outside, has a vocabulary exceeding 150 words, and differentiates between conceptual categories like “something to chew” or “a tug toy”. We are working on modelling and training use of augmented communication board with around 40 buttons; she has mastered 12 so far and is not yet expressing multi-button ideas.


Functional Characterization of Transcription Factor Motifs Using Cross-species Comparison across Large Evolutionary Distances

Jaebum Kim, Ryan Cunningham, Brian James, Stefan Wyder, Joshua D. Gibson, Oliver Niehuis, Evgeny M. Zdobnov, Hugh M. Robertson, Gene E. Robinson, John H. Werren, Saurabh Sinha

PLoS Computational Biology, 6(1): e1000652
January 29, 2010
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000652