Julia originally studied genetics and statistics, working as a medical statistician at the Health Protection Agency and later as a Biostatistician within the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Unit at the College of Medicine/Cardiff University. In 2005 Julia gave up her job to go to Art College with a view to pursuing a career in community and public art projects that encompass both art and genetics/genomics. Since that time, she has been involved in a number of projects whilst focusing her own creative practice on art, science and health. She studied for an MA in Arts and Health at Glamorgan University and was awarded a Distinction in 2011.
Researching current developments surrounding genetics and health is a very important aspect of her art practice as this informs and inspires the work. Concepts often develop through reflecting on information from public and academic talks, web-based and documentary research along with personal interviews and interactions. Julia began collaborating with the MRC Centre in 2010 and spent time talking to the researchers about their work. Combining this with her knowledge from the arts and humanities and her public engagement/community arts experience, she has created a body of work that leans towards socially engaged art practice.