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

One of my favorite aspects of being a professor at Regis is the ability to develop a relationship with students during their tenure in pharmacy school.  I particularly enjoy mentoring students in my laboratory, where my research interests focus on how adults with Down syndrome (Trisomy 21; T21) respond to infectious diseases and whether they are appropriately protected from specific diseases through immunization.  Until relatively recently, individuals with T21 were not expected to live past their 20s and little research was conducted as to their immune function.  However, in the past 30 years there has been a rapid increase in lifespan of people with T21 creating a critical gap in our understanding of immunity in these adults.  I try to instill in my students the understanding that good science must not be conducted in silos, and for this reason my lab collaborates heavily with those at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine.  Additionally, students in my lab are encouraged to present their research at both local and national meetings.

I am also particularly passionate about educating our students to now only be skilled and knowledgeable pharmacists, but to also become active in the policies and regulations that may affect healthcare and their career.  To this end, I participate in the Colorado Cancer Caucus and work with the American Association of Immunologists to educate and lobby legislators to increase funding for scientific research and create policies based upon the scientific evidence. 

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    Clinical Expertise & Certifications

    Professional Memberships

    • Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society
    • Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition
    • American Society of Virology
    • International Society of Neurovirology
    • American Association of Immunologists (AAI), Education Committee
    • American Society of Microbiology
    • Team Based Learning Collaborative, Program Chair for Annual Meeting
    • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) 

    Research and Scholarship

    Research Interests

    • The James lab studies how adults with Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) respond to immunizations and infectious diseases. 

    • Vaccine outreach and education

    • T cell responses to viral infection

    Recent Publications

    James SF, Chahine E, Sucher A, Hanna C. 2018. Shingrix: The new adjuvanted recombinant herpes zoster vaccine. Ann Pharmacother 52(7):673-680  

    James, S.F., Braun, L.J., Feltman, C. and Haight, R. (2017). Development of an Integrated Immunology and Vaccines Pharmacy Elective. INNOVATIONS in pharmacy, Vol 8, No. 3.

    Traina-Dorge V, Doyle-Meyers LA, Sanford R, Manfredo J, Blackmon A, Wellish M, James S, Alvarez X, Midkiff C, Palmer BE, Deharo E, Gilden D, Mahalingam R. 2015. Simian Varicella Virus Is Present in Macrophages, Dendritic Cells, and T Cells in Lymph Nodes of Rhesus Macaques after Experimental Reactivation.   J Virol. Oct 1; 89(19): 9817–9824

    Sucher A, James S, Hanna C. 2014. Management of Nonoccupational Exposure to HIV.  US Pharmacist. April 18; 39(4)

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    Scott King BS*, Robert Haight PhD, Lindsey Fulton BS*, Samantha Kusher PharmD, Brennan Jacobs PharmD, Stephanie James PhD.  Adults with Trisomy 21 have significantly higher antibody responses to Influenza A compared to disomic adults. American Association of Immunologists. Austin, TX.  May 2018.

    James S,  HPV in Colorado.  Colorado Cancer Caucus Invited speaker.  Denver, Colorado 2018.

    Janke KK, Bechtol RA, Lepp G, James S, Clapp P. (2017). Application Activities in Pharmacy Education: Developing Consensus on Quality Indicators for Team-based Learning. Poster at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.  Best Poster Award Winner.

    Jacobs B*, King S*, James SF. Response of Varicella Zoster specific T cells to Programmed Death Receptor-1 blockade.  Colorado Pharmacist Society poster presentation. June 2017

    Brockmeyer J*, Hanna C*, King S*, James SF.  Antibody responses to pertussis and Influenza A and B in adults with Down syndrome.  Colorado Pharmacist Society poster presentation. June 2017.

    James, S.  Antibody response to vaccine preventable diseases in adults with Down syndrome. University of Colorado Crnic, Aurora, CO. April 2017.

    James S, Haight R, Feltman C.  Improving vaccination rates in Colorado.  American Pharmacist Association Invited speaker. 2016.

    James, S. F., Haight, R. C., and Feltman, C. Vaccines: Results from a Statewide Analysis, New Directions, and Goals. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO. 2016.

    James, S.  Emerging Infectious Diseases in Colorado.  Colorado Pharmacists Society Invited speaker. June 2015.

    James S. and Haight R. How Immunizations Work and Results from a Statewide Immunization Coverage Analysis.  Women in Government Invited Presentation, June 2015.

    James S. and Sucher A.  Ebola:  Pathogenesis and Prevention.  Regis University Seminar, 2014.

    James S. and  Haight R. Evaluation of a large, metropolitan area school district immunization coverage. Colorado State Legislators, March 2014.

    * Denotes Student


    Awards & Recognition


    • Linda Crnic Institute for Down syndrome, Impact of Trisomy 21 on B cell Phenotype and Function in Adults
      $50,000, 2018
    • Response of Varicella Zoster specific T cells to Programmed Death Receptor-1 blockade. University Research and Scholarship Council (URSC), Regis University, $5,000, 2016-2017


    • 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 Involvement and Service

    Service to Regis University
    • Regis University Emergency Point of Dispensing Program, primary organizer and manager
    • Team Based Learning Collaborative, annual meeting program chair
    Service to Profession
    • Reviewer, Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning

    • Organized 8 School of Pharmacy (SOP) faculty in a panel discussion for 70 college students participating in the Colorado Students Leadership Institute (COSLI), CU Denver, July 13, 2016

    • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, student chapter advisor

    Service to the Community   

    • Colorado Coalition for Immunizations, Working to provide ways for pharmacist involvement to improve immunizations in Colorado
    • City of Broomfield Police Department, Victim Advocate
    • Colorado HPV Advisory Board
    • Colorado Student Leadership Institute, Board member
    • Adams 12 School District School Improvement Team, Past-President
    • Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition (CCIC)