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Julie Tetzlaff_Academic Profile

Julie Tetzlaff, PhD

Associate Professor; Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Education and Graduate Career Development


  • Children's Research Institute

Contact Information


BA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PhD, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL
Postdoc, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


Dr. Tetzlaff conducts research on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in collaboration with other members of the Pediatric Pathology Department as well as the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s office. She also supports departmental initiatives in a variety of areas such as SUID prevention and cancer diagnostics in other countries. In addition, she coordinates projects, grants and research within the Pathology Department. Dr. Tetzlaff also supports and promotes the Children’s Research Institute’s Core laboratories developed by the Pediatric Pathology department.

Dr. Tetzlaff also has an administrative appointment as the Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Education and Graduate Career Development at MCW. In this role, she guides the professional and career development of MCW and Blood Research Institute (BRI) Postdoctoral trainees. Here, she is building career development pathways for postdocs including paths to: Academia, Teaching and Industry.

Research Experience

  • alpha-Synuclein
  • Autistic Disorder
  • Biomarkers
  • Brain Concussion
  • Drug Approval
  • Drug Evaluation, Preclinical
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Hemangioma
  • Neurosciences
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Receptors, Metabotropic Glutamate
  • Sudden Infant Death

Methodologies and Techniques

  • Behavioral Research
  • Blotting, Western
  • Cell Culture Techniques
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Facial Nerve Injuries
  • Immunohistochemistry

Leadership Positions

  • Assistant Dean of Postdoctoral Education-MCW (2014-Present)
  • Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs and Graduate Career Development (2017-present)
  • Co-Founder and President elect of the Massachusetts General Hospital Postdoctoral Association (2007-2008)
  • Postdoc Industry Consultant (PICO) faculty advisor (2014-Present)
  • Scientific Coordinator of the WI SIDS Research Center (2011-Present)

MCW Program / Core Facilities

  • CRI Histology Core Laboratory
  • CRI Pediatric Biobank

Educational Expertise

  • Neurosciences

Community Partnerships

  • Medical Examiner (Milwaukee County)

Research Interests

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Infant Mortality



Professional and career development

Entrepreneurial initiatives