Julie L. Chan, MD, PhD, is a fifth-year resident in the Neurosurgery Residency Program at Cedars-Sinai. She received her bachelor of science in neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine, where she worked under Frank M. LaFerla, PhD, studying the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disease as an undergraduate and research technician. She completed her combined degree at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. Under the direction of Linda L. Phillips, PhD, Chan successfully translated a model of traumatic brain injury (TBI) to transgenic mice in support of her thesis investigating the neuroplasticity of MMPs and cytokines following TBI. Chan is proficient in multiple molecular techniques, confocal microscopy, in vivo rodent models and behavioral analysis. Following residency, she intends to enter a PGY-8 spine fellowship and a career in academic neurosurgery to pursue spine outcomes research. Chan is currently determining the molecular players that influence low back pain and is interested in translating stem cell treatments into in vivo models.