Julie Dickerson is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering. She is the Program Director of the NSF NRT Predictive Plant Phenomics Program. She served as a program officer at the National Science Foundation in the Advances in Biological Informatics Program and the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology Program in the Biology Directorate as the lone engineer. She also served as the Chair of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program at Iowa State University.
She holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego. She received her master's degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. She designed radar systems for Hughes Aircraft Company and Martin Marrietta while getting her Ph.D. Her current research activities are in systems biology, bioinformatics, bioinformatics education, and data visualization. She was a Carver Fellow in the Virtual Reality Applications Center and a member of the Baker Center for Bioinformatics in the Plant Sciences Institute and the Human-Computer Interaction Program. Dr. Dickerson has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings and supervises research projects funded by NSF and the USDA.