Julie Yu is a Senior Scientist in the museum’s Teacher Institute, where she works with teachers to bring inquiry-based science learning to their classrooms. With a broad interest in all sciences, her work and research have spanned from viruses and stem cells to teacher learning and inquiry to concrete and cement. This has led to a myriad of opportunities, including teaching science to Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns, launching an explosion of 2000 ping pong balls, and acquiring a US patent. Julie holds a BS in chemical engineering from Brown University and a PhD in chemical engineering with a minor in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently captivated with thinking about food as a way of bringing together key interests of science, culture, identity, and eating.