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Scott, Julia


Dr. Julia Scott joined the department of Bioengineering at Santa Clara University in 2016. Dr. Scott completed her PhD at University of California (UC) Davis where she studied the neurodevelopment of rhesus monkeys using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Following her graduation, she joined the department of Radiology at UC San Francisco as postdoctoral researcher to develop methods to analyze human fetal and premature brain development. Dr. Scott returned to UC Davis as a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Neurology to work on studies modeling change in the aging brain.


PhD Neuroscience 2010 University of California Davis

MS Neuroscience 2006 University of California San Diego

BS Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior 2003 University of California Davis

Courses Taught

  • BIOE 10 Introduction to Bioengineering
  • BIOE 21 Introduction to Physiology
  • BIOE 100 Research Seminar
  • BIOE 172 Introduction to Tissue Engineering
  • BIOE 269 Introduction to Stem Cell Engineering
  • BIOE 275 Introduction to Neural Engineering

Current Research

My research interests focus on in vivo imaging of the brain in humans and other primates to study development and disease. I have used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in longitudinal studies of the rhesus monkey under naturalistic conditions, in utero imaging of the human fetus, premature brain development, and normal and diseased aging. I look to maximize the value of these unique datasets by applying a range of quantitative analytical techniques. My goals include furthering the utility non-invasive imaging techniques for the detection of subtle changes in brain structure and function that may be clinically relevant.


  • Scott JA, Braskie, MN, Tosun D, Malliard P, Thompson PM, Weiner M, DeCarli C and Carmichael OT for Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Cerebral Amyloid is Associated with Greater White Matter Hyperintensity Accrual in Cognitively Normal Older Adults. Neurobiology of Aging. 2016; 48:48. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2016.08.014
  • Scott JA, Goodrich-Hunsaker N, Kalish K, Lee A, Hunsaker MR, Schumann CM, Carmichael OT, Simon TJ. The hippocampi of children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome have localized anterior alterations that predict severity of anxiety. J of Psychiatry & Neuroscience. 2015; doi: 10.1503/jpn.140299.
  • Scott JA, Grayson D, Fletcher E, Lee A, Bauman MD, Schumann CM, Buonocore MH, Amaral DG. Longitudinal analysis of the developing rhesus monkey brain using magnetic resonance imaging: birth to adulthood. Brain Struct Funct. 2015 Jul 10. doi: 10.1007/s00429-015-1076-x.
  • Scott JA, Habas PA, Kim K, Corbett-Detig JM, Hamzelou KS, Barkovich AJ, Glenn OA, Studholme C. Growth trajectories of the human fetal brain tissues estimated from 3D reconstructed in utero MRI. Int J Dev Neurosci., 2011 Aug; 29:529-536. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2011.04.001.
Julia Scott, Bioengineering