James LeBlanc was a member of the Monte Carlo Group and a member of the Computational Condensed Matter Physics Group at the University of Michigan working with Emanuel Gull. He received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Guelph, an affiliate of the Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute in Ontario, Canada. Afterward, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany.
His early research focused on the phenomenology of the pseudogap state in the underdoped cuprates. More recently he has studied the effects of correlations and collective excitations on properties of graphene and topological surface states. He currently works on creating benchmark solutions to the 2D Hubbard model using large scale dynamical cluster approximation simulations and is developing cluster algorithms using two-particle correlation functions.
LeBlanc has been the recipient of significant funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), including a Canadian Graduate Scholarship and a Postdoctoral Fellowship.