James Roane was born in Amherst, New Hampshire. In 2011 he earned his B.S. in chemistry at the University of New Hampshire. He joined the graduate program at the University of Houston in the same year. James completed his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Olafs Daugulis at the University of Houston in 2016. Currently he is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Prof. Krische at University of Texas-Austin.