TASRU Team Tuesday:
Paul L. James, B.Sc.(Hons), LL.B.(Hons) 🐍What got you interested in science?
My brother Robert was a Research Assistant at the Howard Florey Institute of Medical Research at the University of Melbourne in the mid-1970s. He took me into the labs when I was 12 years old. I was fascinated with the equipment, chemicals, animals etc. Rob did his PhD (Molecular Biology) in the USA, and from then on, I knew that science was my destiny. 🐍How did you get into science? High school/University academia
I did my undergraduate science degree at the University of Melbourne (1986-1988). I majored in Biochemistry/Microbiology. I completed my B.Sc.(Hons) degree in Medical Virology in 1989. My Honours research project was “Rotavirus infection in Children”. I Completed an Honours degree in Law at La Trobe University in 2000. 🐍Best under grad memory?
Science – much too long ago! Law – finishing it!!! A stack more work involved than science. 🐍Post grad life. What did you do, where did you go?
You asked for it! Worked in medical science for about 10-years. Police officer for 5-years. Personal Injury Lawyer for about 4-years. Criminal Barrister for about 15-years. Have left out a lot of stuff in between. Now back to science. How’s that for a round trip? 🐍How did you end up with TASRU Team?
Invited to tour the TASRU facility by Prof Jamie Seymour a few years ago. I was completely blown away with the aquarium and the venomous critters. Jamie raised the possibility of me doing a PhD with TASRU. At the time I was planning to open my own Venom Zoo. 🐍How are you finding PhD life?
Loving the creative aspect of project design. Can’t wait until I get up, close and personal with the venomous snakes. Having teenage children (17 & 14) buzzing around me can be challenging!? 🐍Best PhD life memory to date?
Getting accepted into the JCU program. Early days yet, but I am sure that there will be many great PhD experiences to store in the memory bank.