James N. Coulombe, Ph.D., joined the staff of the Branch in 2006. He received his doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, studying migration and differentiation of the neural crest. His postdoctoral research at the Oregon Health Sciences University examined target influences on neuropeptide expression in autonomic neurons. He joined the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences teaching in the School of Medicine and the Graduate Neurosciences Program and directing a laboratory studying neuropeptide expression during neuronal development. Dr. Coulombe continued to study influences on neurotransmitter expression as a staff scientist in the Neural Development Section of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Immediately prior to joining the Branch, Dr. Coulombe served as a program director at NINDS. His current responsibilities include administration of programs on developmental genetics and developmental immunobiology.