Simon James

Simon trained as a chemist before trying his hand at unravelling the metallobiology underlying neurodegenerative conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease. Employing some of the shiniest tools of physics (synchrotron light sources) Simon has spent a great deal of time mapping the distribution of important biometals (like iron) throughout intact cells, tissues and whole organisms – In other words, he uses X-rays to make very pretty pictures.

In 2010 Simon moved from his PhD lab at the University of Melbourne, to join the Wave Physics Group within CSIRO’s Materials Science and Engineering division, working on the development of next generation X-ray fluorescence detectors. After conferral of his PhD in 2011 Simon postdoc’ed at the Australian Synchrotron’s X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy beamline until 2015 when he joined Dr Gawain McColl’s Molecular Gerontology Laboratory within the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.

Simon is always looking for chances to apply cool measurement techniques to interesting problems and can be contacted at

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