Skylark, James

James Skylark

James Skylark grew up in Yorktown, Virginia and graduated from Tabb High School. He is an Echols scholar currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry along with ACS certification. James conducted research for two years in the laboratory of Dr. Ron P. Taylor, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. James’ research, partially funded by a Harrison award, investigated trogocytosis as a possible mechanism for limiting the efficacy of monoclonal antibody therapy in the treatment of B cell lymphoma. James conducted in vitro studies of cancerous B cells and utilized flow cytometry, fluorescence spectrometry and fluorescence microscopy to analyze results. His thesis involves a comprehensive review of research to date on trogocytosis and discusses implications of these findings in the treatment of B lymphoma including recent trends such as activation of NK cells in selective tumor targeting and the development of antibody drug conjugates. Following graduation, James plans to continue autoimmune research beyond the bench at AMPEL BioSolutions while volunteering as a firefighter and EMT for Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department.