James Briggs, PhD

Faculty Panel

Job Title: Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Current Employer: University of Houston


  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA (1994-1998)

  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of Houston, Houston, TX (1990-1994)

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (1990)

  • B.S. in Chemistry, University of Texas El Paso, El Paso, TX (1984)


I was first drawn to study science through my Chemistry teacher in high school.  He was a retired chemist from Dow Chemical.  His depth of knowledge, excitement, and experience in chemistry.  I studied chemistry in college and because interested in research through a summer program supported by the Welch Foundation.  Continuing my pursuit of chemistry in graduate school, I learned about computer simulation and modeling.  I was hooked and wanted to use that approach to make contributions to human health.  I did this starting as a postdoc where I pursued drug design projects.  I leveraged that experience and obtained a tenure-track assistant track position in Houston, which is an amazing place for biomedical collaboration.  Rising through the ranks to tenured full professor, I produced more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and trained 19 Ph.D. students.  I discovered that I enjoy the challenge of leadership and have started three companies, and have been department chair and now associate dean.

Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:

  • Negotiation

  • Interdisciplinary collaboration

  • Leadership and management

What I love most about my job:

I love mentoring students and faculty – helping them to find their success.

Contact information:

Email: jbriggs@uh.edu


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