Advisor Profiles

Julie Theriot, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Julie Theriot attended college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning dual B. S. degrees in physics and biology in 1988.  She completed her Ph. D. in cell biology at the University of California at San Francisco in 1993, and then returned to Cambridge as a Whitehead Fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.  Since 1997, she has been on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine, with appointments in the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, and is currently an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  The experimental work of her research group focuses on quantitative measurement of the dynamic and mechanical behavior of structural components in living cells, exploring the molecular and biophysical mechanisms of various forms of cell motility and shape determination across a variety of eukaroytic and bacterial cell types.  Theriot has won numerous awards for her research, including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.  She has also received multiple teaching awards from both M. D. and Ph. D. students at Stanford.  She is a coauthor of the textbook Physical Biology of the Cell.