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James P. Landers

Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor of Pathology
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Chemistry
Office location and address
Room 388B, Chemistry Building
409 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.S., University of Guelph, (Canada) 1983
Ph.D., University of Guelph, (Canada) 1988
Canadian Medical Research Council Fellow, Mayo Clinic, 1991

Dr. James Landers is currently Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Virginia, as well as Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Virginia Health System. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Biomedicine and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Guelph in Ontario (Canada) in 1984 and 1988, respectively. After a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Banting Institute at the University of Toronto School of Medicine, as a Canadian Medical Research Council (MRC) Fellow at the Mayo Clinic-Rochester, he studied cancer biology and diagnostics under Thomas Spelsberg, a renowned breast cancer biochemist. He launched and directed Mayo Clinic’s Clinical Capillary Electrophoresis Facility in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, developing clinical assays based on capillary electrophoretic technology. 
        Dr. Landers joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, where he forayed into analytical microfluidic systems with the goal of developing the next generation molecular diagnostics platform. This research was bolstered by the move in 1999 to the University of Virginia where access to a dedicated class-100 cleanroom for microchip fabrication allowed for rapid prototyping of microdevices for separations, DNA purification, and DNA amplification. His group was among the first to generate a fully integrated lab-on-a-chip (PNAS 103:19272, 2006), successfully applied to detecting infectious agents in biofluids and cancer diagnostics, and more recently defined new approaches to fluidic control on microchips (NATURE Physics 5:231, 2009). He has authored more than 180 papers and 25 book chapters on topics as diverse as receptor biochemistry, capillary electrophoretic method development, microchip fabrication, forensic DNA analysis and integrated microfluidic systems for application to both the clinical and forensic arenas. In addition, he has recently completed the third in the succession of editions of CRC Press Handbook of Capillary Electrophoresis, with this one extrapolated to microchip electrophoresis and associated microtechniques.

Fellowship on Behalf of Rachelle Turiello AS-CHEM Methyl-PrepDisc: A Centrifugal Microfluidic Device for Forensic DNA Methylation Sample Preparation
Source: U.S. Department Of Justice
January 01, 2021 – December 31, 2023
AS-CHEM Diagnostic Assay for On-Site Detection of Bordetella pertussis
Source: Commonwealth Health Research Board
July 01, 2019 – June 30, 2022
AS-CHEM Completion of the SONIC DE System for Implementation in Forensic Laboratories
Source: U.S. Department Of Justice
January 01, 2020 – December 31, 2021
AS-CHEM Point-of-Care (POC)/At Home Diagnostic Assay for Detection of SARS-CoV-2-Virus
Source: MicroLab, Inc.
July 18, 2020 – August 27, 2021
AS-CHEM CT2-faSTR Cross-Over - Phase 2
Source: Institute Of Environmental Science And Research Li
December 01, 2019 – November 30, 2020
AS-CHEM A Low-Cost Isothermal Amplification Microdevice for Rapid Colorimetruc Detection Applied to Body Fluid Identification and Y-screening
Source: U.S. Department Of Justice
January 01, 2018 – December 31, 2019
AS-CHEM A rotational platform driven microdevice for differential purification and amplification of sexual assault forensic samples
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University
January 01, 2017 – December 31, 2019
AS-CHEM CT2-faSTR Cross-Over
Source: Institute Of Environmental Science And Research Li
May 01, 2019 – August 31, 2019
AS-CHEM JPL Krauss NIJ Fellowship
Source: U.S. Department Of Justice
October 01, 2015 – September 30, 2018
AS-CHEMThe FaSTR LL-30 DNA Profiling System: An Ultrarapid, Centrifugally-driven Microfluidic System for Limited Loci STR deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) Profiling: Phase 3
Source: Naval Air Warfare Center
March 31, 2017 – July 25, 2018
AS-CHEM JPL The FaSTR LL-30 DNA Profiling System: An Ultrarapid, Centrifugally-Driven Microfluidic System
Source: Naval Air Warfare Center
December 02, 2015 – December 31, 2017
AS-CHEM Delivery of a Microfluidic Acoustic Sperm Cell Trapping Prototype for Rapid Processing of Sexual Assault Evidence
Source: U.S. Department Of Justice
January 01, 2014 – June 30, 2017
AS-CHEM JPL Terahertz Project J2F Engineering
Source: J2F Engineering
August 01, 2015 – September 30, 2016
Passive Flow Control for Integrated Genomic Analysis Microchips
Source: University of California, Santa Barbara
June 01, 2010 – March 31, 2016
AS-CHEM JPL The FaSTR LL-30 DNA Profiling System: An Ultrarapid, Centrifugally-Driven Microfluidic System
Source: Naval Air Warfare Center
December 02, 2014 – December 01, 2015
CHEM 3951: Undergraduate Research I
Credits: 1–3
Introduces the methods of research that include use of the research literature and instruction in basic experimental and theoretical procedures and techniques. Students can conduct their research within the Dept of Chemistry or in a related science with approval. Under the supervision of faculty but may work closely with a Post-Doc or graduate student.
CHEM 4420: Biological Chemistry II
Credits: 3
Covers three main areas: structure and function of biological membranes; complex biochemical systems and processes, including photosynthesis, oxidative phosphorylation, vision, neurotransmission, hormonal regulation, muscle contraction, and microtubules; and molecular biology, including DNA and RNA metabolism, protein synthesis, regulation of gene expression, and recombinant DNA methodology.
CHEM 5740: Analytical Chemistry: Separations
Credits: 3
Theory and practice of separation science are introduced. Topics include theoretical aspects of separations, including equilibrium theory, flow, diffusion, and solution theory. Major analytical separation techniques covered include liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, and capillary electrophoresis. Prerequisite: CHEM 5710 or Permission of Instructor
CHEM 9730: Research in Bioanalytical Studies
Credits: 1–12
Research in Bioanalytical Studies
CHEM 9999: Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation advisor has been selected.
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