Professional Bio


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2011-present
  • Ph.D., Biology/Biological Education, University of Northern Colorado, 2011
  • MS, Business, City University of Seattle, WA, 2004
  • MS, Biology, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, 2000
  • BS, Biology, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, 1997

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    Clinical Expertise & Certifications

    Professional Memberships

    • Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition
    • American Society of Virology
    • International Society of Neurovirology
    • American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
    • American Society of Microbiology
    • Denver chapter of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS),  appointed advisor


    Research and Scholarship

    Research Interests

    • Vaccine outreach and education
    • T cell responses to viral infection

    Recent Publications

    Nagel MA, James SF, Traktinskiy I, Wyborny A, Choe A, REmpel A, Baird NL, Gilden D.  (2014).  Inhibition of pSTAT 1 Nuclear Translocation and Antiviral Protein Expression in Human Brain Vascular Adventitial Fibroblasts Infected with Varicella Zoster Virus J Virol. 88(19):11634-7. DOI: 10.1128/JVI.01945-14. Epub 2014 Jul 23.

    James SF, Traina-Dorge V, Deharo E, Wellish M, Palmer BE, Gilden D, Mahalingam R. (2014).  Cells increase before zoster and PD-1 expression increases at the time of zoster in immunosuppressed nonhuman primates latently infected with simian varicella virus. J Neurovirol. 20(3):309-13. DOI: 10.1007/s13365-014-0237-7. Epub 2014 Feb 19. 

    Traina-Dorge V, Sanford R, James S, Doyle-Meyers LA, deHaro E, Wellish M, Gilden D, Mahalingam R.  Robust pro-inflammatory and lesser anti-inflammatory immune responses during primary simian varicella virus infection and reactivation in rhesus macaques. J Neurovirol. 2014 Oct;20(5):526-30. doi: 10.1007/s13365-014-0274-2. Epub 2014 Aug 20.          

    James S, Traina-Dorge V, Deharo E, Wellish M, Gilden D, Mahalingam R.  In immunosuppressed non-human primates latently infected with simian varicella virus, T cells increase two weeks before zoster and PD-1 expression is increased at the time of zoster. J Neurovirol. June 2014.

    Birlea M, Nagel MA, Cohrs RJ, Mahalingam R, James S, Gilden D. VZV. In: Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences, 2E (Aminoff MJ, Daroff RD, eds), Elsevier Inc., San Diego, CA, 2014.

    James S, Mahalingam R, Gilden D. Does apoptosis play a role in varicella zoster virus latency and reactivation? Viruses 4:1509-1514, 2012.

    Cogswell-Hawkinson A, Bowen R, James S, Gardiner D, Calisher CH, Adams R, Schountz T.  Tacaribe virus causes fatal infection of an ostensible host, the jamaican fruit bat. J Virol 86:5791-5799, 2012.

    Recent Presentations

    James, S, Lalama, J.  Integration of different topics using Team-Based Learning.  15th Annual TBLC Conference; Albuquerque, NM. Platform presentation. March 5, 2016.

    James, SF, McCollum, M, Lalama, J, Berlau, D. Goldwire, M, Carter, R. Personal and professional development from orientation to graduation. 116th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, National Harbor, MD.  Poster presentation. July 11-15, 2015.

    James, S. F., Haight, R. C. How Immunizations Work and Results from a Statewide Immunization Coverage Analysis.  18th Annual Western Regional Conference of Women in Government, Denver, CO. Invited speaker.  May 2015.

    James S.  The adaptive immune responses to SVV.  Regis University. Seminar series. Denver, CO, 2013.

    James S.  VZV: The virus that never goes away.  University of Northern Colorado. Seminar series. Greeley, CO, 2012.

    James S, Traktinskiy I, Choe A, Gilden D, Nagel M.  VZV infection of human brain vascular adventitial fibroblasts downregulates STAT mRNA expression and inhibits translocation pSTAT to the nucleus. International Society of Neurovirology. New York, NY, 2012.


    Awards & Recognition


    • Founding Member, Raise the Bar, America Achieves, 2014
    • American Society of Microbiology, Teaching Fellowship Program, 2013-2014
    • Rocky Mountain Association of Microbiology Best Post-doctoral Talk, 2013
    • International Society for Neurovirology , Young Investigator Award, 2012
    • International Society for Neurovirology, Travel Award, 2012
    • American Association of Immunology , Public Policy Fellowship, 2012-2013
    • University of Northern Colorado, Academic Excellence in Research Award, 2010
    • Cross Family Memorial Scholarship, 2009-2010
    • Gerald D. Schmidt Memorial Fellowship, 2009-2010

    Community Involvment and Service

    Service to the Community   

    • Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition (CCIC), Policy Council and Data Analysis Panel
    • Citizens for Adams 12 Schools, Speakers Bureau
    • Adams 12 School District School Improvement Team, President