Cini James secured her Bachelor degree in Plant biology and Biotechnology from Mahatma Gandhi University, India in 2004. She then obtained her Masters Degree in Bio-Medical Genetics at VIT University, India in 2006. As part of her Master’s degree she did a 6-month dissertation work at Jawaharlal Nehru cancer hospital and research centre, Bhopal, India where she studied the effect of hyperthermia and chemotherapy on normal spleen cells using the techniques of Apoptotic assay.
From 2009 to 2011, she was working as a research assistant at QIMR, QLD. While at QIMR she was involved with 2 research projects. One involved testing a drug for Melanoma on hairless mice and the other was looking at the physiological role of SerpinB2 (aka PAI-2) in inflammatory diseases
In 2012, she worked as a research technician at UQDI- TRI, QLD. The project involved at finding novel combination therapies that aimed and improved deletion of auto reactive T cells and expansion of regulatory cell type and investigating whether gut bacteria differ between individuals with type 1 diabetes, their relatives and healthy people as well studying how the immune response to these bacteria may change.
She started her current position as research assistant in August 2017. She is mainly involved in managing the lab and provides experimental support for the entire team.