Julie Jung is an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the University of Utah studying developmental plasticity in extremophile Diplogastrid nematodes. As a postdoc in molecular biology, Julie admittedly spends the majority of her time contentedly pushing around small sterile volumes of liquid (she’s somewhat sheepish to say she has a favorite pipette now). But studying plasticity in several systems gives her a chance to do something new pretty much every day, like grow plants or trap voles or kayak around the Great Salt Lake collecting worms.
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 doodling or doing typical Utah things like biking, skiing, and climbing rock & ice. If you’re in need of a graphic designer or an outdoorsing partner, here’s how to contact her: