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Julia Luna McKechnie

Julia McKechnie

Julia Luna McKechnie

Graduate Voice & Influence Program, 2018-19

Julia Luna McKechnie received a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Environmental Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Immunology program at Stanford University, where she was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship in 2016. Currently conducting thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Catherine Blish, her research focus is discovering how a subset of immune cells, called natural killer cells, recognizes and responds to dengue virus infection. In addition, Julia is researching whether factors such as age or previous dengue infection influence a patient’s natural killer cell response to dengue. More broadly, her research interests include infectious diseases as well as immunotherapy, which involves harnessing the immune system to achieve a specific therapeutic outcome.