Julia Taylor joined the PIBBS program in 2013 and is a part of the Medical Biology PhD program. Julia chose USC because of the opportunity for multidisciplinary training. She was encouraged to explore research outside of her areas of expertise during rotations. During her first year, she worked on a variety of research topics, learned various experimental techniques and was exposed to multiple model symptoms. Julia currently works in a lab directed by W. Martin Kast, PhD. She focuses on bridging virology, microscopy and cellular and molecular biology to better understand the mechanisms of human papillomavirus infection.
Julia believes that science is collaborative and that by bridging science with concepts from technology, business and design, humanity’s toughest problems can be solved. She is inspired by the power that science has to uncover truths, inspire change and solve problems. Julia’s days are typically spent working on her experiments in the lab. She uses her lunch hour to attend seminars, workshops or student leadership meetings. As a student leader, she has served as a liaison between students and administrators. This role has granted her the opportunity to mentor incoming students and participate in several student committees and panels. Through these experiences she has been able to develop her leadership, interpersonal and communication skills. Julia believes the PIBBS program is preparing her for the transition beyond her PhD. As a result of being a part of the School of Medicine Graduate Student Association (SMGSA), Julia was able to design and host Bioscope. As a founding member of Health Science Mentors, she developed educational programming for children from underserved communities in Los Angeles.
Julia manages her stress levels by working out regularly, listening to music and maintaining her social networking and personal relationships. Julia sees herself tackling challenging health-related issues by designing creative solutions on a large scale in the future. She is passionate about science, communication and design. Julia hopes to leverage those skills into a role that will lead to an immediate and far-reaching impact on society.