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Julie Schwartz, Class of 1991, Published in JAMA



Julie graduated with a degree in Biology from Duke University in 1995.  She then entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis where she earned combined M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.  During her Ph.D. years, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Helen Piwnica-Worms, a Howard-Hughes Investigator whose research focuses on molecular pathways that control the human cell cycle.  While in Dr. Piwnica-Worms’ lab, Julie cloned a novel gene, Chk2, that prevents entry into mitosis when the cell’s DNA is damaged by ionizing radiation.

After completing medical school, Julie stayed on at Washington University and became a resident physician in the Department of Radiation Oncology.  Her research there with Dr. Perry Grigsby has focused on gynecologic cancers and the use of functional imaging to monitor treatment response after chemotherapy and radiation.  Julie has published numerous articles including this recent publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  Julie’s work has received national media attention, and she has been interviewed by medical news journals, local television and NPR.

After completing residency this year, Julie will be staying on at Washington University School of Medicine as Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology.  Julie lives with her husband, Dr. Brian Edelson, and their 2 year old son, Clayton, in the St. Louis area.

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