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CBS People: Julie Kirihara

A CBS alum with an eye toward the art of science.

Julie KiriharaWhat do you do here? 

I am a research associate and facility manager for the Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics (CMSP).

What brought you to the Twin Cities?

I was born here!  I grew up in St. Louis Park and currently live in Bloomington.

How long have you been at the U?

I graduated from the U, both B.S. and Ph.D in biochemistry, and returned to work here seven years ago.

How did you get into this line of work?

I spent most of my career as a molecular biologist, doing DNA cloning and site-directed mutagenesis, and recombinant protein expression. I owned a small business for 13 years doing custom cloning and expression projects for researchers at universities and at companies. I came to mass spectrometry through my research with Gary Nelsestuen, who was the former faculty director of the CMSP core facility. Being facility manager fits well with my background running a service lab.

What is something interesting or unusual about your work here?

I get to split my time between our two laboratories on the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.

Finally, what do you like to do in your free time?

I am also an artist, currently working in printmaking and painting/drawing — I'm focusing on incorporating scientific imagery into my artwork.


February, 2017