James Burchfield, PhD, Head of Molecular Imaging Group
Dr James Burchfield completed his Bachelor of Science with Honours at the University of Sydney at the end of 2000. He then moved to the Garvan Institute to work as a research assistant for Dr Carsten Schmitzpeiffer. Here he worked on the molecular mechanisms of lipid induced insulin signalling defects in skeletal muscle developing skills in molecular biology, protein biology and cell biology. He completed his PhD in 2008 at the University of NSW under the guidance of Professor Trevor Biden. Here he worked on lipid induced signalling defects and PKCs. Further developing skills in molecular and cell biology. He also developed skills in live cell confocal and wide-field fluorescence imaging. Following this he moved to the lab of Dr Will Hughes where he further refined his skills in imaging (particularly TIRF imaging of GLUT4 translocation) and began work on image analysis (developing a novel software package for the analysis of TIRF data). In 2012 he moved to the lab of Professor David James and where he has solidified his cell biology credentials. Here he developed a novel reagent for imaging GLUT4 trafficking a long with a comprehensive analytical workflow. Dr Burchfield moved to the University of Sydney in 2014 as a Research Scholar.