Julie, who will graduate in 2017, attended the 64th Annual Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany, earlier this summer. She was one of 600 young researchers from 80 countries selected to attend. Ahmad Altarifi, Ph.D., who graduated from VCU in 2013 and is now an assistant professor in Jordan, was also chosen.

Julie works in Steve Negus’ lab and is studying the behavioral effects of designer drugs of abuse, including the principal ingredients in bath salts. After completing her M.D.-Ph.D. program, she hopes to pursue a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in pain management while continuing her research on drug addiction.