Julia W. Wu, ScD, is a Principal Investigator at the Human Immunomics Initiative (HII), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds an ScD degree in epidemiology, an MS in statistics, and an MS in molecular genetics. Wu’s research applies innovative epidemiological and statistical methods at the intersection of immunity, aging, and biomarkers, to generate evidence of biological aging and its systematic effect on lifespan, health-span, and aging-related diseases, and to develop computational tools for monitoring, evaluation, and reduction of aging-related burdens. She has completed pilot studies for HII and established analytical frameworks to incorporate multibiosystem information for the construct of biological age measures. She will oversee implementation of these cutting-edge approaches to define effective immunity in aging populations using large longitudinal cohorts and clinical trials. Another area of her interests is to collaborate with social scientists to develop novel tools toward vaccine confidence in various populations.
Wu is passionate about educational initiatives that have direct public health impacts, and is currently directing curriculums for global epidemiology of vaccines and vaccinations as well as international clinical epidemiology training programs in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.