Dr. Julie Ziobro, MD
Clinical Lecturer, Pediatric Epileptologist
Dr. Julie Ziobro is a pediatric neurologist and epileptologist who is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of genetic epileptic encephalopathies. She began working in science as an undergraduate, studying evolutionary mechanisms of olfaction in an axolotl (giant salamander) model. She then entered a combined MD/PhD program and completed her graduate work studying cannabinoid receptor changes in rodent models of acquired epilepsy. An interest in the pathogenic mechanisms of epilepsy led her to clinical training in pediatric neurology and pediatric epilepsy.
Dr. Ziobro’s current research interests involve the use of rodent models and three-dimensional neuronal cultures to understand the developmental mechanisms of early childhood genetic epilepsies. By understanding how various genetic changes lead to epilepsy, her goal is to contribute to the development of targeted therapies to improve seizures and neurologic development.
Molecular mechanisms of epilepsy, genetic epileptic encephalopathies
Genetic epilepsies, epilepsy surgery
Michigan State University, B.S. in Zoology, 2004
Virginia Commonwealth University, MD and PhD in Neuroscience, 2012
Pediatrics, Children’s National, 2014
Child Neurology, Children’s National, 2017
Pediatric Epilepsy, Children’s Hospital Colorado, 2018
Neurology with special qualification in Child Neurology