Convergence Seminar
Monday, November 8, 2021

Julia Zeitlinger, PhD

Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Early training in theater and arts prepared Julia Zeitlinger well for the many roles required of a researcher: experimenter, presenter, writer, artist, director, teacher, and mentor. Today she finds being at the forefront of research, uncovering the rules that govern gene regulation, just as thrilling and creative as staging a theater production.

Growing up in Germany, Zeitlinger loved math, science, and the arts. The time she spent in school theater productions inspired dreams of becoming an actress. But ultimately, she fell in love with developmental biology during her anatomy classes in Germany and her first stint at laboratory research at King’s College London. Zeitlinger went on to earn a PhD in developmental genetics from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, and pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, intrigued by the up-and-coming field of genomics and an opportunity to reconnect with her love for math.

In 2007, Zeitlinger joined the Stowers Institute, where she found a perfect alignment with the institute’s scientific research focus on genomics, transcription, and developmental biology. Since then she has combined her analytical skills and creativity to develop the latest genomics technologies and to understand the complexities of gene regulation during development. “We’re not pressured to develop a drug or cure disease and so this allows us to focus on fundamental problems,” Zeitlinger says. “We share this love of basic science.”


November 8, 2021
4:00-5:00pm PST
Location, Mahley Auditorium

The Convergence Seminar is organized by Gladstone’s Institute for Data Science and Biotechnology. This seminar series brings together scientists from varying disciplines to solve complex scientific questions and accelerate the path to cures.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Gladstone, we are committed to providing events and professional development activities that resonate with our community’s diverse members. Our goal is to develop creative programming that encompasses a wide variety of ideas and perspectives to inspire, educate, and engage with everyone within our walls.

We want to effect positive change through our events and activities by providing a platform for discussions on important topics related to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in the sciences.