Epigenetics, the field of science investigating the factors that can switch genes on or off within an organism, has been the focus of biologist Julia Cunha’s work. From a young age, she was captivated by the process of cell division, and her current research focuses on understanding the epigenetic function of chromatin. Julia earned her doctorate in microbiology and immunology from the Federal University of São Paulo and completed her post-doctoral studies at the Ludwig Institute. When she needs a break from her microscopic explorations, she turns to yoga and hands-on activities to maintain her equilibrium. In addition to her scientific pursuits, Julia is also a dedicated mother to her six-year-old daughter.