Julie C Mitchell

Director, Biosciences Division

Julie Mitchell is Director of the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She has over 20 years of experience in working at the interface of quantitative and biological sciences. Mitchell’s research has focused on projects at the interface of biochemistry, data science, and high-performance computing. Her contributions to the field of computational biophysics emphasize the use of machine learning in predictive models for molecular interactions. Mitchell’s group has produced a widely utilized web server for protein-protein interaction hot spots (>80k jobs), many well-cited publications and two patents. She collaborates on ORNL projects related to protein intrinsic disorder, small molecule screening algorithms, and vaccine design.

Prior to joining ORNL, Mitchell worked as a professor of mathematics and biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin and as a principal scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD. Mitchell earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. in mathematics at San Jose State University. Mitchell was a Sloan Foundation Fellow, La Jolla Interfaces in Science Fellow and ARCS Foundation Fellow during her faculty, postdoctoral and graduate years, respectively.