James Valcourt is involved with simulation studies of biological systems. He earned a Ph.D. in systems, synthetic, and quantitative biology from Harvard University and an A.B. in molecular biology from Princeton University. He is the published author of the 2017 book, Systematic: How Systems Biology is Transforming Modern Medicine, which introduces general readers to systems biology. As a graduate student in Sharad Ramanathan's group, James designed and leveraged experimental and quantitative approaches to monitor, predict, and manipulate the competence of human embryonic stem cells, ultimately discovering that cellular competence is independently tunable from differentiation speed during germ layer formation. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, puns, and Oxford commas.