Julia graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. Julia worked in the Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center as an undergraduate researcher for five years during, and prior to, her time at UVA. The most notable of projects that she took part in included the identification of B Lymphocyte genes that are associated with arterial plaque buildup, the improvement of an adipocyte-targeted nanoparticle drug delivery system, the discovery of differential interaction of the ID3 gene with E-proteins and resulting functional consequences, and the analysis of clinical data from patients with cardiovascular disease and genetic variants. Julia received the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award during her second year which entailed independent research and a cumulative report/poster presentation at UVA’s Research Symposium at the end of the year. In her third year, Julia was selected as an inaugural NIH/Biomedical Engineering Clinical Scholar during the summer of 2018. This program integrated a small group of Biomedical Engineers in a variety of clinical services at the University of Virginia hospital in an attempt to identify unmet clinical needs and engineering problems. Most recently, Julia successfully defended her senior thesis that involved a precision mapping project for the discovery and development of personalized therapies for cardiovascular disease using CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Her thesis worked to develop and optimize a pipeline that would allow for the identification of molecular pathways whereby a disease associated SNP in the ID3 locus and its subsequent E-protein interactions impacted gene expression that have been linked to atherosclerosis. Following graduation, she accepted a position at the NIH where she now works with Dr. Pravitt Gourh in the Scleroderma Genomics and Health Disparities Unit. 

Last Updated: June 2019