Julia grew up on Long Island, New York. She received her BA in Scientific Illustration and Pre-Medicine from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. An early fascination with medicine and complex patterns in nature initially drew her to the field of scientific illustration. Tutoring scientific subject matter throughout her undergraduate study reinforced her love of teaching, communication, and learning. Julia was thrilled to join the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, surrounded by people who share her love for art and science. When she is not in the studio, Julia enjoys making pottery and playing the cello in the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra.

Julia was a 2017 recipient of a Vesalius Trust Research grant for her her Master’s thesis on the design of an interactive 3D program for the electronic medical record which she will present at the 2017 Association of Medical Illustrators conference in Austin, TX.


2015 -17 M.A. Medical and Biological Illustration
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Thesis: Interactive Visual Post-Operative Depiction for the Electronic Medical Records

2011 -14 B.A. Scientific and Pre-Medical Illustration, Pre-medicine concentration
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA, Honors Program, Departmental Honors


2016 Interventional Radiology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
Creating animation for patient education, “Sacroplasty for Sacral Insufficiency Fractures”

2016 National Aquarium in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Designing and creating poster, “Egg and Nest Identification for the Upland Tropical Rainforest Exhibit”

2014 Cape Eleuthera Institute, Eleuthera, The Bahamas
Illustrations for publication; Shipley, O.N. “A new species of Bathynomus Milne Edwards, 1879
(Isopoda: Cirolanidae) from The Bahamas, Western Atlantic” Zootaxa 4147, 2016

Awards and Honors

  • Thalheimer $100K Grant for Commercialization, Thalheimer Fund for Translational Research
  • Annette Burgess Award for Ophthalmological Illustration, Johns Hopkins University SOM
  • 2017 Vesalius Trust Research Grant, 2017 AMI Conference presenter
  • Top prize, Hopkins inHealth / Technology Innovation Center
    Shark Tank event, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • Award of Excellence, Association of Medical Illustrators Salon
  • William P. Didusch Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University SOM
  • Elinor Bodian Art Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University SOM
  • School of Medicine Tuition Grant, Johns Hopkins University
  • The Friends of Arcadia University Art Gallery Award,
    Arcadia University Dept. of Art and Design
  • Art and scientific illustration merit scholarship recipient, Arcadia University 
  • Distinguished merit scholarship recipient, Arcadia University 
  • Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship, Krylon®
  • Chris Westervelt Memorial Scholarship Award
  • The Peter Terian Fine Arts Scholarship, Peter Terian Foundation
  • The Otto Kahn Award, Oheka Castle
  • Joan Alberti Award, Huntington Arts Council
  • Long Island Scholar Artist Award, Newsday / Long Island Arts Alliance

Activities and Organizations

2016 -17 Charm City Clinic, Health Resources Coordinator, Baltimore, MD

2016 -17 Association of Medical Illustrators, Student Member

2015 -17 Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, Cellist, Baltimore, MD


  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Adobe InDesign CC
  • Adobe Audition CC
  • Adobe After Effects CC
  • Maxon Cinema 4D
  • Corel Painter
  • OsiriX
  • PyMOL
  • WordPress
  • Zbrush
  • Carbon dust
  • Ceramic
  • Colored pencil
  • Graphite
  • Painting: acrylic/oil
  • Pen & Ink
  • Photography
  • Watercolor

2017 Demo Reel

Breakdown of the clips:

0:05 Animation, Spermatogenesis

0:09 Animation, Sacroplasty for Sacral Insufficiency Fractures

0:14 Illustration, Robot Assisted Hysterectomy

0:17 3D Models, various surgical instruments

0:21 Illustration, Lumbosacral Plexus

0:25 Illustration, Parotidectomy

0:29 Screen capture showing sculpting of prosthetic nose

0:34 Animation, Spermatogenesis

0:38 Illustration, Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) Flap Breast Reconstruction

0:42 Mockup for an interactive surgical documentation program for the electronic medical record (my Master’s thesis)
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0:51  Animation,  Spermatogenesis