Julia Rosolovsky Greer was born in Moscow, Russia, and attended the Prep Division of the Gnessin School of Music for 7 years where she studied piano with N. Svetozarova. After her family's immigration to the United States in 1992, she became the recipient of the Schwabs Piano Scholarship from Eastman School of Music to study piano with Vincent Lenti. At this time, she was also a student at Penfield High School where she frequently performed as a soloist as well as with the Penfield and Brighton Symphony Orchestras. While an undergraduate at MIT majoring in Chemical Engineering, Julia was awarded a piano scholarship to participate in the Advanced Music Performance program while studying with Professor David Deveau. As a member of the program, Julia gave numerous recitals in the Boston area including the Museum of Fine Arts, MIT's Lincoln Lab, and MIT's Kresge Auditorium. After graduation from MIT, Julia received a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering degree from Stanford University. All throughout her graduate studies, she continued to pursue her musical aspirations at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as well as with the Redwood Symphony, where she was the principal pianist, and at various chamber music workshops. Julia won the 1st prize in the Concerto Division of the US Open Music Competition in 2000 and two Redwood Symphony Concerto competitions; she also was a full-scholarship participant in the St. Lawrence Chamber Music Workshop.


Julia performed Beethoven's 1st piano concerta with the Vienna International Orchestra at Altenberg Stift on July 21, 2013

1st Movement

2nd Movement

3rd Movement

Group News
Dec. 2016: Chen's new paper in PNAS on properties of small-scale Li is featured on the front page of Caltech news today! See it here!
Dec. 2016: Congratulations to Diandra Almasco (and her mentor Carlos Portela) for winning first place for her SURF poster!
Sep. 2016: Congratulations to Amanda for passing her qualifying exams!
Sep. 2016: Congratulations to Dr. Rachel Liontas on completing her PhD!
Aug. 2016: Congratulations to our newest PhD - Dr. Chen Xu on a successful defense!
May 2016 : Congratulations to Ryan, Max, Mike, Arturo, Carlos, Daryl, Alessandro, and Adenike for passing their candidacy exams!
May 2016 : Congratulations to the now Dr. Lucas Meza and Dr. David Chen on successfully defending both of their dissertations!
Mar. 2016: Check out Julia's new video on CNN!
Mar. 2016: Julia was named as one of fifteen 2016 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows by the DoD! See it here.
Feb. 2016: Zach and Eric's new PNAS paper is featured in a Caltech news article!
Jan. 2016: See the new NBC-NSF video featuring the Greer group that went live today!
Dec. 2015: Greer troops take MRS by storm, with presentations by David Chen, Viki Chernow, Lauren Montemayor (alum), Julia, and posters by Dylan and Adenike. Adenike also gave a talk at the African MRS after.
Dec. 2015: Special issue of MRS Bulletin with a focus on Innovation comes out, with a featured review article by Viki and Lauren!
Nov. 2015: Julia gives a talk at TEDxManhattanBeach. See the talk here.
Oct. 2015: Congratulations to Dylan for his wonderful talk at the 2015 ECS fall conference and to Xiaoxing for winning the best poster award!
Sep. 2015: Congratulations to Carlos for passing his Qualifying Exams!
Sep. 2015: David's new Science paper is featured in a Caltech news article!
Sep. 2015: Lucas and Arturo's new PNAS paper is featured in a Caltech news article!
Jun. 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Lauren Montemayor for a successful defense! Good that her next stop JPL is not too far away!
Jun. 2015: After disappearing for a month or two, Allesandro came back with a victory in his qualifying exam.