Julie Fiore, MD, PhD


Julie Fiore (she/her/hers) grew up in Pittsburgh and attended the University of Pittsburgh for her undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and German. Her first lab job was working on nonlinear optical studies of semiconductor interfaces under Dr. Eric Borguet. During undergrad she enjoyed studying abroad in Germany and traveling for snowboarding trips.

Dr. Fiore attended the University of Colorado Boulder for graduate school and completed her PhD in Chemical Physics in Dr. David Nesbitt’s lab where she worked on single-molecule kinetic and thermodynamic studies of RNA folding. During grad school, she enjoyed long-distance trail running, including completing her first ultramarathon. She then completed her MD at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Fiore completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Massuchusetts General Hospital. She is currently a UCSF Clinical Fellow in Rheumatology and completing her postdoctoral research in Dr. Joel Ernst's laboratory.

When not in the lab, she can be found hiking with her husband and daughter.
  1. Fiore JL, Nesbitt DJ. An RNA folding motif: GNRA tetraloop-receptor interactions. 2013. PMID: 23915736

  2. Fiore JL, Holmstrom ED, Fiegland LR, Hodak JH, Nesbitt DJ. The role of counterion valence and size in GAAA tetraloop-receptor docking/undocking kinetics. 2012. PMID: 22796627

  3. Holmstrom ED, Fiore JL, Nesbitt DJ. Thermodynamic origins of monovalent facilitated RNA folding. 2012. PMID: 22448852

  4. Fiore JL, Holmstrom ED, Nesbitt DJ. Entropic origin of Mg2+-facilitated RNA folding. 2012. PMID: 22308376

  5. Fiore JL, Kraemer B, Koberling F, Edmann R, Nesbitt DJ. Enthalpy-driven RNA folding: single-molecule thermodynamics of tetraloop-receptor tertiary interaction. 2009. PMID: 19186984

  6. Gaudiosi DM, Gagnon E, Lytle AL, Fiore JL, Gibson EA, Kane S, Squier J, Murnane MM, Kapteyn HC, Jimenez R, Backus S. Multi-kilohertz repetition rate Ti:sapphire amplifier based on down-chirped pulse amplification. 2006. PMID: 19529310

  7. Hodak JH, Downey CD, Fiore JL, Pardi A, Nesbitt DJ. Docking kinetics and equilibrium of a GAAA tetraloop-receptor motif probed by single-molecule FRET. 2005. PMID: 16024731