B.S. (Honors), Biology, The University of Texas-Pan American, 2009
M.A., Bioethics, New York University, 2012
Areas of Research/Interest:
Obesity, Metabolic Diseases, Nutrition, Surgery & Transplant Ethics, Prophylactic Bioethics, Interdisciplinary Global Health Studies and Health Policy.
Although Julio was born in California, he spent many of his formative years in Mexico, and later returned to the United States to attend college in Texas. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology with honors. His thesis focused on The Effect of Dietary Ribonucleic Acid on Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury, at the UTHSC Houston in the department of surgery. Since then, he’s been vigorously engaged in various research projects. Some of these include: Inflammation and hepatic nuclear receptors at Baylor College of Medicine, and obesity, metabolic diseases, nutrition, and interdisciplinary global health studies at the NYU School of Medicine.
For his culminating bioethics master’s essay, he will be discussing less restrictive ways to curve the obesity epidemic. Much of his final master’s essay was based on his work with the BODY Project at the NYU School of Medicine, testing high school students for metabolic diseases. In addition, during the summer of 2012, he completed his practicum in Peru, where he conducted an interdisciplinary health professional research study.
Other interests include: His health news blog (Zinjy Health), Art, Travel, Music, & Good Books.
Interdisciplinary Global Health Studies, NYU School of Medicine
The Banishing Obesity and Diabetes in Youth (BODY) Project, NYU School of Medicine
Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology & Nutrition Lab, Baylor College of Medicine-Texas Children’s Hospital & Emory-Children’s Center
Surgery Department, The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) at Houston
Nutrition in the Community Internship – Lima, Peru, 2012
The Banishing Obesity and Diabetes in Youth (BODY) Project Internship – New York, NY 2011
The UTPA Guerra Honors Program Scholar – Edinburg, TX, 2009
UTHSC Houston Summer Research Program – Houston, TX, 2008
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) – Houston, TX, 2007
Poster, Building an Interdisciplinary Health Professional Research Team at New York University and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia: A Feasibility Study – Presented at the NYU School of Medicine’s IHP Week 2012, New York, NY and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) 2013, Washington, DC.
2nd Author, Abstract: Novel sex-differential Retinoid X Receptor alpha bindingsites in mouse liver by genome-wide chromatin analysis – Presented at the 2012 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Annual Meeting.
Kosters A, Sun D, Wu H, Tian F, Felix JC, et al. (2013) Sexually Dimorphic Genome-Wide Binding of Retinoid X Receptor alpha (RXRα) Determines Male-Female Differences in the Expression of Hepatic Lipid Processing Genes in Mice. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71538. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071538