Julie Ledford, PhD

Co-director, Clinical Translational Sciences Graduate Program
Associate Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, College of Medicine – Tucson

Dr. Ledford is an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Arizona. She is an active member of the Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center and the BIO5 Institute and she has faculty appointments in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in the Physiological Sciences and in the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training program. Ledford serves as co-director of the Lung Research Focus group (RGF2) within the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center. She has over a decade’s worth of experience mentoring and training medical students, graduate students, postdocs and fellows and she participates as a faculty member on the curriculum committee for the Eureka Institute Virtual School, an international certificate program in translational research. Ledford is also a the leader for the University of Arizona College of Medicine hub. Her own translational research investigates obstructive lung disease and dysfunction of innate immunity in Asthma and respiratory infections.  Ledford has led pulmonary function tests with collaborators for the past 10 years and has a strong history of collaborations in the fields of respiratory diseases, lung function and asthma.