Professor James Bourne is currently a Group Leader at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute and a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, and is a member of the NHMRC Research Committee and AHEC. James completed his undergraduate training in Biochemistry (Hons) at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London. Following this, he pursued a PhD in the field of Neuropharmacology, undertaking a joint project with the Ministry of Defence (UK) and King’s College, London. In 2003, James was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, and started to develop an independent area of research in primate cortical development and maturation. In 2006, he received the AW Campbell Award – awarded by the Australian Neuroscience Society for “the best contribution to the neurosciences by a member of the Society over their first five postdoctoral years”. In 2007, James started up his own group in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology and in 2008 received an NHMRC R.D. Wright fellowship, for which he received an NHMRC Achievement Award for the top application. In 2009, James accepted a position at the newly founded Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University, where he now leads a group of 13, including Postdoctoral fellows, and students. In 2014 James received a prestigious NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship, and the NHMRC Marshall and Warren Award in 2018 for the most Innovative Project Grant. Finally, James has published more than 75 original papers and is on the editorial board of Early Human Development, Experimental Brain Research, Nature Scientific Reports, Frontiers in Neuroanatomy and the Journal of Molecular Signaling.