James Espeleta

James Espeleta



I am currently a senior undergraduate majoring in Human Biology, Health, and Society in the school of Human Ecology. I joined the Daniel Lab through the CHAMPS (Cornell HHMI Accelerating Medical Progress through Scholarship) programing the summer of 2017.  


I am currently working with Ferra on creating a method for on-chip synthesis of GM-1, an essential ganglioside that has been shown to play protective roles in the brain and to delay processes onset by neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s Disease.


Professional Development

Asides from conducting research in the Daniel Lab, I am also involved in other organizations on campus. As a Filipino-American, I am engaged in both the Filipino and the larger Asian-American community on campus. I have served on the executive board of Cornell Filipino Association for two years and I will be on the executive board of CAPSU (Cornell Asian Pacific Student Union) this coming year.


Fun Facts

In my free time, I enjoy listening to music (primarily hip-hop and R&B). I also enjoy choreographing hip-hop dances for Cornell Filipino Association. In addition, I enjoy hiking and playing basketball!