Welcome !

Julie holding frog friend

Julie Jung is an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the University of Utah studying developmental plasticity & extremophile Diplogastrid nematodes. As a postdoc in biology, Julie spends a lot of her time pushing around small volumes of liquid and sterilizing stuff. But studying plasticity in several systems gives her a chance to do something new pretty much every day, like grow plants or trap small mammals… or take pretty pictures of snakes… or kayak around the Great Salt Lake collecting worms… or extract RNA with a fancy immersion blender…

Julie spent her Ph.D. chasing frogs conducting fieldwork at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Gamboa, Panama where she examined vibration-cued early hatching behavior (plasticity!) in Agalychnis callidryas (red-eyed treefrogs). Working outdoors in sweaty, soggy, buggy, humid, normally deplorable conditions makes her really happy.

Julie got her B.A. from Williams College in 2015 and her dual M.A./Ph.D. from Boston University in 2021. She is basically in the 23rd (24th?) grade, but she’s sort of losing count at this point. See her CV for more academic information. Julie is a 1st generation college graduate and a 1st generation US citizen. She credits everything good in her life to her loving parents, who rededicated and rearranged their entire lives to facilitate the success of their children.

Julie spends almost all her free time doing typical Utah things like ski mountaineering, ice climbing, and rock scrambling. But she also quite enjoys doodling and going on very slow hikes trying to identify all the creatures. If you’re in need of a graphic designer or an outdoorsing partner, here’s how to contact her:



Julie has been sporadically blogging about random things tangentially related to academia. It started out purely as a way to share some useful tips and tricks in R, but has metamorphosed into a random mishmash of feelings and announcements. Enjoy!