I am thrilled to be part of MCW’s inaugural class and am looking forward to living in Milwaukee! My name is Julia and I’m from Elmhurst, IL but have lived in Madison, WI since 2013. I graduated from UW-Madison in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in biology and a certificate in global health. During my undergrad I focused my education on neurobiology, worked in genetics labs, volunteered on a Parent Stressline, and spent one morning a week doing activities with adults with disabilities to assist with job skills. Upon graduating, I was a researcher with the UW Teleophthalmology Program which aims to increase access to diabetic eye screenings using telemedicine in rural Wisconsin. This position gave me a lot of experience in rigorous public health research and facilitating collaboration with patient and provider stakeholders. To shape up my quantitative skills, I pursued a Master’s in Population Health Sciences at UW-Madison where my thesis focused on polygenic risk scores and breast cancer risk. I realized I missed one-on-one educating and craved a community and concrete purpose. I am honored to have the chance to join the genetic counseling community! Outside of my career, I love to hike, canoe, cook, and do house projects.