Julia Miller is a PhD candidate in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University. She is studying the structure, function and regulation of plant transporter proteins under the mentorship of Dr. Miguel Pineros, with the support of a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Biology and Genomics & Molecular Genetics from Michigan State University, and did research there under Dr. Cornelius Barry and Dr. Jennifer Lau. She is active in her department, and enjoys teaching elementary and high school students about plants.

Research Areas:
Abiotic Interactions, Molecular Biology, Signals and Responses


None yet but I am working hard to publish soon!

Volunteer Activities

PlantingScience Mastering Plant Science Team – Served as a mentor for the Mastering Plant Science Team last year and this year. I helped high school students design experiments focusing on photosynthesis and environmental effects on phenotype. I also answered questions about doing science and being a scientist.

Cornell University GRASSHOPR (Graduate Student School Outreach Program) - Pairs graduate students with local elementary, middle and high school classrooms to teach STEM modules. I have taught three years of entomology and environmental science modules to second graders.

Big Red Barn Kid's Science Day at Cornell University - Created and taught for two years a module that describes the importance of DNA in all living things, by extracting DNA from strawberries. Big Red Barn Kid's Science Day is an annual STEM outreach program for elementary school children though the Graduate School of Cornell University.

Plant Biology Graduate Student Association – Served for three years as an officer for the graduate student organization of my department. The association has been part of many outreach programs, such as World Food Prize Global Youth Institute events on Cornell's campus. 

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education