Jim C. Norman carried out his Ph.D. and first postdoctorate at the University of London, UK. He then moved to the University of Leicester, where he held a Wellcome Trust Career Development Award and established a group working on integrin recycling. In 2006, the Norman group moved to the Cancer research UK - Beatson Institute, where he is now the Deputy Director. At the Beatson Institute, Jim continues to work on the role played by the trafficking of adhesion receptors in cancer cell signalling and motility, and how the vesicular transport machinery contributes to cancer metastasis. More recently, his group has found that there are important links between metabolism and the functioning of the endo – exocytic machinery, and that this forms part of the mechanism through which cancer metabolism influences invasion and metastasis.