Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Julia graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2014 with a bachelor of arts degree in integrative biology, with a special focus on human biology and health sciences. As an undergraduate, Julia volunteered as a research assistant in Alison Gopnik’s Cognitive Development Lab, where she investigated the acquisition of infants’ ability to understand others’ preferences, as well as other childhood cognitive developmental processes. During her time at Cal, she also choreographed hip hop dances and was a member of a competitive hip hop team.
Julia joined the Memory and Aging Center in November 2014 as a clinical research coordinator and Care Team Navigator for the CMS-funded Dementia Care Ecosystem. By providing a personalized and innovative model of dementia care, this study aims to keep patients healthy and safe and reduce the physical, emotional and financial burden placed on caregivers, thereby attempting to improve the quality of life of patients and their caregivers.
In her free time, you can find Julia spending time with friends, exploring beautiful San Francisco, and continuing to pursue her passion for dance.