Julia Palmucci

MGM Graduate Student (2018)Julia Palmucci
Perfect Lab
337 Sands, 102359 DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919-681-6276
Fax: 919-613-5175


Research Interest: I received my B.Sc. in Biology from Gettysburg College in 2018.  At college, I researched the negative behavioral and developmental effects of environmental pollutants on aquatic organism under Dr. Peter Fong. However, my preoccupation with the molecular and cellular underpinnings of these effects lead me to the molecular genetics lab of Dr. Steve James.  Here, I undertook microscopy and molecular studies of a novel protein in Aspergillus nidulans implicated in cell cycle dysfunction.

Although my background is in fungal genetics, infectious disease research fascinates me. I am interested in exploring the genetics of infectious diseases or host-pathogen interactions. I chose the MGM program at Duke University because it allows me to dive deeper into my varied interests in the field of molecular biology.

Personal Interests: In my free time I enjoy drinking wine and listening to (true crime) podcasts.

Publications List:

Fong, P., Burt, T., Donovan, E., Lambert, O., Palmucci, J. and Adamczak, S. (2016). Exposure to SSRI-type antidepressants increases righting time in the marine snail Ilyanassa obsoleta. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24(1), pp.725-731.

Barr, J., Palmucci, J., Lambert, O., Fong, P. (2018). Exposure to the anti-fouling chemical medetomidine slows development, reduces body mass and delays metamorphosis in wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) tadpoles. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 25(11):10630-10635. doi: 10.1007/s11356-018-1204-2.