Professor Julie Macpherson completed her undergraduate Chemistry degree at the University of Warwick, where she obtained a first class BSc (1990-1993). She remained at Warwick and her association with electrochemistry began in 1993 when she embarked on a PhD with Professor Patrick Unwin in the area of scanning electrochemical microscopy applied to investigate the dissolution of ionic crystals. Julie had the opportunity to spend time in the research laboratories of Professor Allen Bard (University of Texas at Austin), funded via a NATO grant during this period. She then switched track and undertook EPSRC-funded research into hydrodynamic ultramicroelectrodes.
In 1999, Julie won both an 1851 and Royal Society University Research Fellowship and opted for the latter, holding the position in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick to investigate electrochemistry in nanoscopic environments. In 2007, she was promoted to a Chair position. In 2014 Julie received a Royal Society Industry Fellowship to work on the development of boron doped diamond electrochemical sensors, in partnership with the diamond growers Element Six. In 2017, she was awarded a Royal Society Innovation award for her work on the translation and commercialisation of boron doped diamond electrode technologies.
Julie has an excellent teaching record, winning the Andrew McCamley Prize for best undergraduate lecturer five times, and the Warwick University award for teaching excellence.