Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont, where she was a Dean’s List student, teaching assistant, and member of the Triota Honor Society. Julia had two papers selected for student research conferences, and went on to complete additional coursework at Mount Holyoke College, where she was a research assistant in physics. After attending an M.I.T. Hacking Medicine event, Julia and her team were awarded an Intel Innovation prize for their medication reconciliation app prototype. She went on complete the Harvard Innovation Lab’s Venture Incubation Program, and completed her Master of Public Health degree in 2016 with a final thesis in Violence Prevention, developed while working at the Boston Public Health Commission. Julia has worked for the Boston Public Health Commission and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
As an alumna of AmeriCorps, Julia is deeply committed to service and continues to volunteer as a mentor for the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center’s Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (C.U.R.E.) program. A Pell Grant recipient, Julia is passionate about mentoring first-generation and otherwise underrepresented students in their pursuit of higher education. Julia mentored 17 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Students from Boston Public High Schools in 2016-2017, and piloted a lab skills program for the Office of Workforce Development in partnership with the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Roxbury Crossing. Through academic research and focus groups, Julia issued a report on the importance of mentoring underrepresented students for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Workforce Development Program. This research was presented to the Boston Private Industry Council Career Specialists, individuals in Boston public high schools who prepare and support students through productive work-based learning experiences. Julia enjoys running on the Charles River, reading (almost) anything she can get her hands on, and admiring cute dogs for slightly more time than is generally socially acceptable.