James Briggs, PhD
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:
Leadership and management
What I love most about my job:
I love mentoring students and faculty – helping them to find their success.