James Brooks was previously Science Editor and then Genetics Editor at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and at its flagship publication BioNews. He is Assistant Editor of Funding Insight and a reporter covering French news for Research Europe, both published by Research Professional. He began his career in journalism as a reporter for HR Grapevine Magazine, and has written for publications including the Guardian newspaper and the British Medical Journal. Previously, he studied Pharmacology at King 's College London and went on to obtain an MA in Science Journalism from City University London, where he received a commendation for most creative graduate. During his undergraduate degree, he took an extramural year at the Institut Gustave-Roussy cancer research centre, where he researched DNA topoisomerases. Before working in journalism, he spent seven years in Paris working at Euromedica and CTPartners (now part of DHR International), as a headhunter for the pharmaceutical industry.