Julia is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley (class of 2018) where she is double majoring in molecular and cellular biology (immunology and pathogenesis emphasis) and integrative biology (ecology, evolution, and organismal biology emphasis). In 2011, she worked with the Oncofertility Consortium at UC San Diego, researching methods of preserving fertility in cancer patients. From 2013 to 2014, she interned for Dr. Marjorie Patrick, of the University of San Diego, identifying, localizing, and quantifying ion transport mechanisms in the gills of tropical fish. There, Julia gained experience in microdissection, immunolocalization using confocal microscopy, and western blot techniques.
She joined the Grinberg Lab in Spring 2015 where she uses techniques from fluorescence microscopy, histology, and neuropathology to investigate the changes and mechanisms associated with early stage Alzheimer's disease. She intends to pursue a career in medical research in the field of neuroimmunology.