Julian James-Burke, MPH

Program Manager, Clinical and Cancer Control Research

Why I Work at ACS

“Cancer is a direct and indirect stressor that dramatically affects the lives of so many people, including their families and their peers – mentally, physically, emotionally, and even financially. Working with ACS allows me to serve as a go-to person and advocate for those dealing with cancer and independent researchers who are putting in the work every day to find new preventative treatments for cancer management, survivorship, and prevention.”

At ACS since 2021

As a Program Manager in the Extramural Discovery Science (EDS) department, Julian James-Burke, MPH, is responsible for overseeing grant applications and the peer review process related to Clinical and Cancer Control Research Programs. He manages a portfolio of grants with the Scientific Director of Clinical and Cancer Control along with fostering relationships with volunteers, stakeholders, and grantees, to help researchers conceptualize their ideas. He also collaborates with ACS’ Relay for Life team in organizing community-wide events across Metro Atlanta.

Research focus and accomplishments

James-Burke’s primary research focus is on addressing COPD, emphysema, lung cancer, and evaluating interventions for asthma management/prevention in vulnerable, underserved communities. He has prior experience collaborating with physicians, health care providers, universities, and community grassroots organizations advocating for equitable access to respiratory care in African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American communities across Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties.

In addition to his research, James-Burke has spearheaded programs related to other health issues and topics including:

  • Working closely with the Mayor and City Council of Guadalupe, CA to implement a healthy eating program and develop community gardens to address food insecurity among migrant farm workers
  • Partnering with AIDS Healthcare Foundation to implement tailored programs meant to reduce sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates in African-American teens and young adults living in South Los Angeles
  • Clinical research on anti-neoplastic properties of fenugreek and how the plant’s secondary compounds reduce an individual’s risk of developing certain cancers.



Work before ACS

  • Breathe Southern California, Program Associate
  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Health & Biomedical Sciences Teacher


  • MPH: Community Health Promotion & Prevention, University of Southern California, 2020
  • BS: Biology, Morehouse College, 2018

Personal life 

I live in Atlanta – close to my mother, two older brothers, and most of my uncles and aunts. I enjoy photography, filmmaking, fitness, culinary arts, traveling, and visiting a good art exhibit every now and then.