James Schiemer


James Schiemer
Home Town
Medford, MA
Prior Degrees

BS, Biochemistry
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA.

Sackler Program(s)
Thesis Adviser
Athar Chishti, PhD

What influenced your decision to pursue biomedical research?

I really enjoyed physical sciences throughout high school and undergraduate schooling. What really clinched it for me was my senior project as an undergrad, where literally nothing worked, but I had a blast learning about molecular biology technique and theory. At the end of the day, whether I’m right or wrong, I think it’s worthwhile to pursue something that could eventually have translational impact and help someone.

How is the environment at Sackler helping you achieve your professional goals?

Sackler has every resource I could ever want to accomplish my projects. Someone somewhere always has equipment I could use or expertise I need. In rare instances when they don’t, someone will know of a collaborator who can help. Everyone here has been extremely nice and always willing to help out with research problems, as well as professional guidance.

What type of positions are you considering after graduation?

I still really enjoy benchwork, so I would consider an academic post-doc or a research scientist position in industry.

Why did you choose Sackler over other graduate schools?

I worked at Tufts for 2 years prior to applying to graduate school. Though I interviewed at other schools, I saw that people were very happy here and also somehow managed to have a life outside of science…so it was a pretty easy choice.

What's your favorite way to relax after classes?

For a Valentine’s present I suggested my wife and I take ballroom dance classes. As with most gifts I give her, I benefit a lot from them. So a year and a half later we’re still going a few times a week. It’s a great way to snap out of a long day of experiments or writing.

What's your favorite thing about being in Boston and why?

It’s big enough of a city to always find something to do, but small enough that it doesn’t feel like a city. It still has a lot of charm and beauty that gets lost in overdeveloped areas.

What is your favorite Boston restaurant?

This question required more thought than any other. In Chinatown, Gourmet Dumpling for sure. In general, Italian food in the North end is really good; I can’t pick any one restaurant.

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