Julia Halterman

Julia Halterman

Office Phone: (540) 432-4407

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Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: SSC 026F

Assistant Professor

Biology Dept and MA in Biomedicine

Dr. Julia Halterman received her BS in Biology at Texas A&M University and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Virginia. She additionally completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia as an extension of her Ph.D. work researching cardiovascular disease. She currently serves as faculty for the Masters in Biomedicine program and undergraduate biology department at EMU. Julia teaches Interdisciplinary Biomedicine Seminar I, Research in Biomedicine, Human Gross & Microscopic Anatomy lab, and Medical Terminology. In the past, Julia has taught other courses such as Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Advanced Human Physiology, Animal Form & Function and Nutrition Fundamentals. In her free time, Julia enjoys spending time with her family and loves doing anything outdoors.

Dr. Halterman’s research interests include:
- Investigating the role of diet in hypertension
- Determining how diet influences gene expression and alters organ function
- Utilizing rats to understand how consumption of a high-salt or high-fructose diet alters expression of the NFAT5 gene
- Identifying other genes regulated by high-salt and high-fructose diets

Education

  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology, 2012
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • M.S. in Biological and Physical Sciences, 2008
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • B.S. in Biology, Minor in Business, 2006
    Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Publications

  • Halterman JA, KayvanJoo AH, Soltani AA, Ebrahimi M. Bioinformatics Analysis of NFATc1-4 and NFAT5 Molecular Regulatory Networks. Currently in submission.
  • Halterman JA, Kwon HM, Leitinger N, Wamhoff BR. NFAT5 expression in bone marrow-derived cells enhances atherosclerosis and drives macrophage migration. Front Physiol 3: 313, 2012.
  • Halterman JA, Kwon HM, Wamhoff BR. Tonicity-independent regulation of the osmosensitive transcription factor TonEBP (NFAT5). Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 302(1): C1-8, 2011.
  • Halterman JA, Kwon HM, Zargham R, Schoppee Bortz PD, Wamhoff BR. Nuclear factor of activated T-cells 5 regulates vascular smooth muscle cell phenotypic modulation. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 31(10): 2287-2296, 2011.
  • Lee MY, Garvey SM, Baras AS, Lemmon JA, Schoppee Bortz PD, Gomez MF, Daum G, LeBoeuf RC, Wamhoff BR. Integrative genomics identifies DSCR1 (RCAN1) as a novel mediator of NFAT-dependent phenotypic modulation in vascular smooth muscle cells. Hum Mol Genet 19(3): 468-479, 2010.
  • Orr AW, Lee MY, Lemmon JA, Yurdagul A Jr, Gomez MF, Schoppee Bortz PD, Wamhoff BR. Molecular mechanisms of collagen isotype-specific modulation of smooth muscle cell phenotype. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 29(2): 225-231, 2009.
  • Lemmon JA, Wamhoff BR. “FRNKly, Smooth Muscle, I Don’t Give a CArG!": A Novel Mechanism for Smooth Muscle Cell Differentiation. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 28(12): 2091-2093, 2008.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • Halterman JA. Targeted homework assignments to create meaningful in-class interactions. Oral Presentation, University of Virginia Innovation in Pedagogy Summit. Charlottesville, VA, 2016.
  • Halterman JA, Stauffer CS, Hershberger AK, Smucker JE, Miller RJ. A unique transdisciplinary model of post-baccalaureate biomedical education. Poster Presentation, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Annual Conference. Washington D.C., 2016.
  • Herman B, Ferguson K, Fernandez J, Halterman JA. High dietary salt and fructose increase NFAT5 expression in the kidney and liver of Sprague-Dawley rats. Oral Presentation, Virginia Academy of Sciences Annual Conference. Fredericksburg, VA, 2016.
  • Ferguson K, Fernandez J, Herman B, Halterman JA. NFAT5 is differentially regulated in the brain and bladder of rats fed a 4% NaCl, 8% NaCl, and 64% fructose diet. Poster Presentation, Virginia Academy of Sciences Annual Conference. Fredericksburg, VA, 2016.
  • Halterman JA. Atherosclerotic plaque build-up in our arteries: uncovering the novel role of a transcription factor in this complex disease. Invited Speaker, Eastern Mennonite University Suter Science Seminar. Harrisonburg, VA, 2012.
  • Halterman JA. Atherosclerosis: the build-up of plaque in our arteries. Invited Speaker, Eastern Mennonite High School AP Biology Class. Harrisonburg, VA, 2012.
  • Halterman JA, Kwon HM, Leitinger N, Wamhoff BR. NFAT5 expression in bone marrow-derived cells enhances atherosclerosis and drives macrophage migration. Poster Presentation, Experimental Biology Annual Conference. San Diego, CA, 2012.
  • Halterman JA, Kwon HM, Schoppee Bortz PD, Wamhoff BR. Nuclear factor of activated T-cells 5 (NFAT5) regulates vascular smooth muscle cell phenotypic modulation. Poster Presentation, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology Annual Conference. Chicago, IL, 2011.
  • Halterman JA, Kwon HM, Schoppee Bortz PD, Wamhoff BR. Nuclear factor of activated T-cells 5 (NFAT5) regulates vascular smooth muscle cell phenotypic modulation. Poster Presentation, Experimental Biology Annual Conference. Washington D.C., 2011.
  • Halterman JA, Wamhoff BR. NFAT5 regulates vascular smooth muscle cell phenotypic modulation and accelerates atherosclerosis. Invited Speaker, James Madison University Virginia Biotechnology Association Graduate Bioscience Symposium. Harrisonburg, VA, 2011.
  • Halterman JA, Wamhoff BR. NFAT5 regulates vascular smooth muscle cell phenotypic modulation and accelerates atherosclerosis. Invited Speaker, University of Virginia Department of Pharmacology Retreat. Whitehall, VA, 2011.
  • Lemmon JA, Kwon HM, Wamhoff BR. NFAT5 positively regulates SMαA gene expression in vascular smooth muscle. Invited Speaker, American Physiological Society, Cardiovascular Section, Coordinate Regulation of Vascular Smooth Muscle Gene Expression, Cell Phenotype, and Vessel Function, Experimental Biology Annual Conference. Anaheim, CA, 2010.
  • Lemmon JA, Kwon HM, Wamhoff BR. NFAT5 positively regulates SMαA gene expression in vascular smooth muscle. Poster Presentation, Experimental Biology Annual Conference. Anaheim, CA, 2010.
  • Lemmon JA, Zargham R, Kwon HM, Wamhoff BR. The tonicity response factor NFAT5 is a novel regulator of smooth muscle cell phenotypic modulation. Poster Presentation, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology Annual Conference. Washington D.C., 2009.

Church, Community and Professional Service

  • Invited Nutrition Advisor, Eastern Mennonite School, 2015
  • Career Panel Speaker at the University of Virginia Cardiovascular Research Center, 2014
  • James Madison University Bridging the Valley STEM Collaborative Participant, 2013
  • Hosted various school and community visits to the EMU Cadaver Lab, 2013-2014
  • Research and Career Mentor to Eastern Mennonite High School Students, 2013-2014
  • Eastern Mennonite High School AP Biology Class Invited Speaker, 2012
  • Sunday School Teacher & Youth Group Leader for 6th-12th grade students, Meadows Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, VA, 2008-2012
  • Career Fair Speaker, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA, 2009

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • EMU Quality Service Award, First Quarter, 2016
  • National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions Annual Conference Travel Grant Award, 2016
  • The Thomas F. & Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust Award for Interdisciplinary Research, 2014
  • Invited Reviewer, Discovering Nutrition, 5th edition, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2014
  • NSF-Bridging the Valley Faculty Development Funds Award, 2013-2014
  • American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Predoctoral Fellowship Recipient, 2010-2012
  • Invited Reviewer, Journal of Cell Biology, 2012
  • Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology Junior Investigator Award for Women Finalist, 2011
  • American Physiological Society Outstanding Student Presentation in Coordinate Regulation of Vascular Smooth Muscle Gene Expression, Cell Phenotype, and Vessel Function, Experimental Biology Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, 2010
  • Tomorrow’s Professor Today Professional Development Program, University of Virginia, 2009-2011
  • NIH Pharmacologic Sciences Training Grant Recipient, University of Virginia, 2007-2010
  • Dean’s Scholarship Award, University of Virginia, 2006-2011
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Texas A&M University, 2006

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions Member, 2015-present
  • Virginia Academy of Sciences Member, 2015-present

Professional Conferences Attended

  • Virginia Academy of Sciences Annual Conference, Fredericksburg, VA, 2016
  • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Annual Conference, Washington D.C., 2016
  • National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, 2016

New Courses Taught

  • BMS 525, Medical Terminology (online), 2016

EMU Service

  • Faculty Senate, Elected Member, 2015-2016
  • Title IX Committee, 2015-present
  • MA in Biomedicine Leadership Team, 2013-present
  • MA in Biomedicine Advisory Committee, 2015-present
  • Pre-Professional Health Sciences Committtee, 2013-present
  • MA in Biomedicine Thesis Committee Advisor, 2013-present