Julia Chosy, Ph.D.


Conservation & Science


Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology


Adjunct Scientist


Ph.D. – Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Illinois at Chicago
M.S. – Microbiology, Duke University, North Carolina
B.A. – Natural Sciences, Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts

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As an undergraduate student, Julia’s senior research project examined the role of chemokine receptors in HIV in the brain. Later, master’s research involved searching for the host-cell receptor for the protective antigen of Bacillus anthracis. While pursuing a Ph.D., her dissertation focused on health correlates and consequences of victimization in chemically addicted criminal offenders.


  • Chosy, J., Wilson, M., & Santymire, R. 2014. Behavioral and physiological responses in felids to exhibit construction. Zoo Biology, 33(4), 267–274. https://doi.org/10.1002/zoo.21142.
  • Lonsdorf, E.V., Murray, C.M., Lonsdorf, E.V., Travis, D.A, Gilby, I.C., Chosy, J., Goodall, J., Pusey A.E. 2011. A retrospective analysis of factors correlated to chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) respiratory health at Gombe National Park. Ecohealth.
  • Landolfi JA, Mikota SK, Chosy J, and Terio KA. 2010. Comparison of systemic immune responses in Mycobacterium spp. Seropositive and seronegative Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). The Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 41(3):445-455 .
  • Chosy, J., Travis, D., and Nadler, Y. 2009. Zoos as disease sentinels: Piloting an avian influenza surveillance system in zoological institutions. Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine, 3(1):184.