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Juliane was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.  Although she studied psychology and writing as an undergraduate at the University of Idaho, she fell in love with biology during her senior year after taking an introductory biology class.  In 2008, she transferred to Brigham Young University – Idaho to pursue a degree in microbiology with a minor in chemistry.  As an undergraduate, she worked in the laboratories of Dr. Larry Forney, studying the strict anaerobes in the vaginal microbiome, and Dr. Steven Christenson and Dr. Mark DeWall, cloning an uncharacterized cortical organization gene in Tetrahymena.


Juliane received her master’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Davis, where she worked in the laboratories of Dr. Jodi Nunnari and Dr. Rebecca Parales.  Her graduate thesis described the characteristics and biotechnological applications of bacterial nitroaromatic dioxygenases.


In the Elde lab, Juliane studies host-pathogen interactions using yeast as a model system.  In her free time, she enjoys running, cycling, hiking, and reading.



Juliane Cooper


Research Technician



Instructor, Weber State University

evolutionary genetics & cell biology