Alumni & Giving

Robert James
Degree(s): 
BS, Chemistry (2006)
Employer: 
Senior Scientist, Encodia, San Diego, CA

How has being a Chemistry graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"My undergraduate degree and research experience at Duke allowed me to successfully apply to the top Ph.D. programs in organic chemistry. Building on my undergraduate success with a Ph.D. from one of the best programs has given me great opportunities in the biotech industry."

What advice would you give students in Chemistry?

"Start research early. In my second semester of freshman year I took a research seminar class and got to join an actual research group - I would go on to work in that lab for the rest of my time at Duke and it was a defining part of my undergraduate education."