Hiram College
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Julie Maxson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Julie Maxson is an assistant professor in the Biology department with primary interests in molecular and cell biology, immunology and cancer biology. She enjoys developing new and challenging research experiences for students and is guided by her previous career in the food science industry and research in heart disease.


  • Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Purdue University
  • M.S., Biology, University of Dayton
  • B.S., Biology, University of Dayton

Research Interests

  • bio-active compounds from food and non-edible plants that can initiate apoptosis or differentiation of progenitor leukemia cells; alternate pathways of induction from traditional chemotherapy drugs that will circumvent resistance and improve target specificity

Selected Publications

  • Hirsch, N., Constance, C.M., Maxson, J.M, and Marques, C.M. (2013) Bridging the Gap Between Undergraduate Laboratory Coursework and Independent Research: Developmental Genetics of Hindbrain Development in Xenopus tropicalis. Program No. 23.01SA. 2013 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. SanDiego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, Online
  • Colles, S.M., Maxson, J.M., Carlson, S., Chisolm, G.M. (2001) Oxidized LDL-Induced Injury and Apoptosis in Atherosclerosis. Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine 11(3-4):131-8.
  • Maxson, J.M., Woodson, W.R. (1998) Ethylene-responsive Gene Expression During Carnation Flower Senescence. Acta Horticulturae 464:135-140.
  • Maxson, J.M., Woodson, W.R. (1997) Transcriptional Regulation of Senescence-Related Genes in Carnation Flowers. Chapter in book: Biology and Biotechnology of the Plant Hormone Ethylene pp.155-162
  • Itzhaki, H., Maxson, J.M., Woodson, W.R. (1994) An Ethylene-Responsive Enhancer Element is Involved in Senescence-Related Expression of the Carnation Glutathione-S-Transferase (GST1) Gene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 91(19):8925-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC44719/

Fun Facts

  • She loves peanut butter and pickle sandwiches.
  • She learned to play the saxophone in college.
  • Maxson was a former pre-school teacher.

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