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STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador Program began in 2016 as a training program for a small cohort of University of Utah scientists. Since then, we have grown to work with over 170 graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. Scroll down to learn about the scientists who have participated. Contact us if you would like to reach out to a STEM Ambassador.

Note that many Ambassador bios were uploaded when the Ambassador joined the program and may not be current.

Julia McGonigle

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Julia McGonigle works in Dr. William Brazelton’s lab at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on studying connections between morphological, genetic, and metabolic diversity found within a single species biofilm inhabiting chimneys at the Lost City, a hydrothermal vent field on the mid-Atlantic ridge. Her scientific interests include biology of extreme environments, exobiology, nutrient cycling, and microbial metabolism.

Julia enjoys rock climbing, mountaineering, yoga, and cooking.