Julia works as the Programme Manager for the Schistosomiasis and Soil Transmitted Helminthiases research theme, coordinating the development of the theme.
Julia has a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, with her final year specialism being genetics. Julia went on to complete a PhD at Imperial College London in environmental influences on fungal plant disease, investigating the association between climate and a major pathogen of crops, using laboratory and statistical techniques. She has long-standing interests in fundamental biology, underappreciated global challenges, and the interface between the environment and human activity. During the PhD she cultivated an interest in statistics, data management, and systematic reviews; and has been applying this interest to neglected diseases such as the soil-transmitted helminthiases and Chagas’ disease (American trypanosomiasis).