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James Cole, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professor


James Cole received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Virginia Medical School in 2023. He worked in the lab of Dr. Xiaorong Liu where he studied aniridia and retinal development. James joined the faculty of WVU in the summer of 2023 as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

Teaching/Research Interests

During his graduate schooling, James studied the developmental effects of Pax6-related aniridia in small-eye mouse models. This included two publications (and one pending) about glaucomatous damage and retinal layer disruption in aniridic subjects. James hopes to continue his work in sensory and developmental neuroscience in future collaborations.

James is also interested in the history of neuroscience and its intersections with the social sciences and humanities. He is especially interested in the field of neuroaesthetics, particularly the biological and psychological basis for symbolism, language, and poetics.


  • Introduction to the Neural Sciences NRSC 101
  • Biological Foundations of Behavior and Biological Foundations of Behaviors Laboratory NRSC 201
  • First Year Seminar NRSC 191