James Wagner, MSc 2002

I was a graduate student at the Quarmby lab from 2000 to 2002, obtaining a M.Sc. in Cell and Molecular Biology. My thesis title was Characterization of the fa1-2 allele and four new members of the NIMA Kinase family from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

Following my thesis I went into law school at the University of British Columbia. Given my background in science I was able to obtain work in intellectual property (IP) law, where I worked with other scientist, engineers, and lawyers, to help clients protect their ideas and brands through patent and trade-mark work. After seven years at a national IP law firm, I launched my own firm.

My clients over the years have been in a number of technical fields, from pharmaceuticals, wireless communication to software development. While few of the technical skills I developed working in the Quarmby lab have been applied since my graduation (no more pipetting!), the general knowledge and life skills I developed under Lynne’s supervision have proved invaluable.

My wife Betty and I enjoy travelling with our daughter Ayma, who by the age of two has managed 3 continents and 7 countries. Our family spent much of the last year in Nottingham  while my wife studied at the University of Nottingham, enjoying the local culture and the travel opportunities that provided. I have developed an interest in cooking over the years, and find it similar to lab work in many ways, with the advantage that the ingredients I work with now are neither toxic (generally) or radioactive.