James Rosser

Scientist at ReachBio Research Labs


Class of 2008, Biology major

With a background in biology, Rosser currently works as a research scientist for ReachBio Research Labs, a drug development contract research organization that specializes in hematology and immunology toxicology assays. His days are fairly variable.

How does your time at SPU connect to what you’re doing today?

While working on my biology undergraduate major at SPU, I received an incredible opportunity to conduct undergraduate research. This experience led to the pursuit of graduate studies in molecular biology later on at Washington State University. My graduate studies, in turn, played a pivotal role in helping me land my first position in industry where I am still today. As I mentioned earlier, I am a research scientist for a small contract research organization that services drug development in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors.

Which SPU faculty or staff member made a difference in your education?

Dr. Derek Wood, professor of biology, was instrumental in molding my educational path. He graciously gave me an opportunity to partake in undergraduate research in his laboratory. That experience yielded several opportunities to present research at the local and national level.

What advice would you give to current SPU students?

Great persistence and careful planning can go a long way in accomplishing your goals; keep your head down and push forward!