Julie Cheung - Research Scientist II
B.S. Biochemistry, University of Arizona, 2014.
M.S. Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018.
I received my MS in Biochemistry in the lab of Sebastian Bednarek at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I received my B.S in Biochemistry here in the University of Arizona.
My introduction to research began in the Beilstein lab biochemically characterizing telomerase in the family Brassicaceae. During my time as an undergraduate in the lab I developed skills in molecular biology and plant nucleic acid biochemistry. After receiving my bachelor’s, I worked as the lab manager for two years; I had the opportunity to grow as an independent scientist and mentored countless undergraduate researchers.
As a graduate student in the Bednarek lab, I had the opportunity to expand my research skills into protein biochemistry to identify protein partners involved in clathrin coated vesicle trafficking, particularly in pathogen response in Arabidopsis thaliana. Currently in the Beilstein lab, I am embarking on an exciting new project developing a molecular circuit in cotton. Recent research has identified a single locus controlling leaf shape in Gossypium hirsutum. I am trying to build a biosensor able to sense an agrochemical.
Outside of lab, I love to gather new experiences. Food has always been central to Chinese culture leading to my love of exploring new restaurants and cuisines. As a budding adrenaline junkie, I love rollercoasters and amusement parks. Since returning to Tucson, I have begun training for the adrenaline pumping Tucson Terrain race.