Science Officer, Governor's Office, California

Julianne McCall is a Science Officer in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research in California and helps lead the precision medicine research program. A career pivot toward science policy led her to the California Legislature, where she worked for over two years in the Senate Office of Research, including one year as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow. In that capacity, she covered several policy areas, including scientific research administration, public health, and developmental disabilities.

Throughout her career, Julianne established four public science education programs and directed the International “Brain Bee” Neuroscience Olympiad, a competition that engages over 50 countries. She was named DfG International Student of the Year of Heidelberg University in 2011 and completed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med-Into-Grad Fellowship in 2010.

As a Fulbright alumnus to Sweden, Julianne remains involved in the global alumni network as Co- Founder of TEDxFulbright. Julianne earned a PhD in Neuroscience from Heidelberg University and a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, San Diego after graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Neuroscience from Denison University.

She holds a PhD in Neuroscience with sixteen years of laboratory experience, including at the Salk Institute, National Center for Microscopy Imaging Research, and Stanford University.