David James was awarded a PhD in 1985 from UNSW.
In 1985 he was awarded a Fogarty Fellowship and later a Juvenile Diabetes Foundation fellowship to undertake postdoctoral training at Boston University and subsequently at Washington University in St Louis. During this period he identified the insulin responsive glucose transporter GLUT4, work that was published in a series of Nature papers in the late 80s. This landmark work is now a prominent feature of most modern textbooks of cell biology and biochemistry.
In 1989 he established his own independent career as Assist/Professor at Washington University in St Louis where he continued his work on GLUT4.
In 1993 he returned to Australia on a prestigious Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship taking up a position at the IMB in Brisbane.
In 2002 he moved to Sydney to head up the Diabetes and Obesity Research Program at the Garvan Institute as an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow where he remained until February 2014.
He currently holds the Leonard P Ullmann Chair in Molecular Systems Biology and he is the Domain Leader for Biology at the Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney University.
Since returning to Australia he has won several awards including the Glaxo Wellcome Medal for Medical Research and the Kellion medal for outstanding contributions to Diabetes research. In 2007 he was elected as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. He is on the editorial board of a number of prestigious journals and he is regularly invited to speak at key international meetings on diabetes and metabolism.
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