Julien is a Southern-Californian born scientist and engineer. From a young age he has been fascinated by the intersection of physical processes and consciousness. This, along with a desire to use technology to combat neural disorders, led him to the Bioneingineering department at the University of Washington - Seattle, where he is currently a PhD student in the Neural Engineering lab of Prof. Yazdan-Shahmorad. He researches experimental and computational methods to optimize brain stimulation for rehabilitative functional neural rewiring. Specifically, he conducts experiments using large-scale optogenetic interfaces on clinically translatable models, and uses interpretable machine learning models to investigate the relationship between stimulation and resulting brain dynamics.