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James graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kennesaw State University in 2018 and joined the lab in 2021. Before being part of the Paiardini team, he worked in drug testing for Cherokee County, Food Safety testing, and underwent post baccalaureate training in Dr. Edward Mocarski's lab at the Emory Vaccine Center. Since joining the lab, he has been instrumental in the BSL-3 operations and training for COVID-19 studies and has performed tissue processing and flow cytometry for numerous studies.

On his off-time James volunteers as a youth group leader for high school boys at Northpoint community church and enjoys going to see the braves play at Truist park with his wife, Kara, and his friends.

James Auger, B.S.

Research Specialist

James Auger, B.S.



  • B.S. Biology, Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA), 2013-2018


  • Research Specialist, Dr. Paiardini lab, Emory National Primate Research Center (Atlanta, GA), 2021-Current

  • Pathogen Lab Lead, Food Safety Net Services, 2019-2021

  • Postbaccalaureate Fellow, Dr. Edward Mocarski Lab, Emory Vaccine Center (Atlanta, GA), 2019-2020

  • Drug testing technician, Cherokee County (Cherokee, GA), 2018-2019

  • Research Internship, Deerland Probiotics and Enzymes (Kennesaw, GA), 2017-2018

  • Research and testing of probiotics and nutritional supplement products, including the verification of live cfu clams, botanicals testing and pathogen safety testing for in-house production and third-party clients.

  • Research internship, Dr. Jean Lu lab, Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA), 2017

  • Biocontrol of Food-borne bacterial pathogens and food spoilage organisms

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