Corporation & Trustees

Julie Segre ’87


Julia A. “Julie” Segre ’87 was elected to the Board of Trustees by her fellow alumni in 2011. She is a senior investigator for the Human Genome Project in Bethesda, Md. As director of the Skin Microbiome Consortium and a principal investigator in the Human Microbiome Project, she leads research into the millions of microbes that live on the skin and how these microbes affect human health.

After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in mathematics from Amherst, Segre did a yearlong Watson Fellowship and went on to earn a Ph.D. in biology and genetics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. For the next four years, she did postdoctoral research in cell biology at the University of Chicago. She joined the Human Genome Project in 2000 and was given tenure and appointed senior investigator in 2007.

Segre is lead author of dozens of peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Science, Nature Genetics, Journal of Clinical Investigation and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her research findings have been covered by major news agencies such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Popular Science and NPR. Her many awards and honors include Amherst’s Brown Prize and Breusch Prize for best senior honors thesis in mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa membership, the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fund Postdoctoral Award and a Burroughs Wellcome Career Development Award.