Julian grew up here in Cambridge. He went to both school and University here, and stayed on to do a PhD in biological chemistry, eventually becoming a research scientist. Cambridge has always been his home and he now lives in Cherry Hinton with his long-term girlfriend.
As the County Councillor for East Chesterton for eight years, Julian helped to secure a number of changes, including getting the Brown's Field Community Centre opened. Julian was also Chair of the Cambridge Traffic Management Committee, and served on the Regional Assembly, where he pushed for the much-needed Chesterton station.
Julian's work in science involved research into the structures of DNA. His team were developing a new understanding of how cancer works, which helped to produce new anti-cancer drugs. The other part of Julian's work used DNA to make nano-technological objects. Ultimately, his team hopes to use DNA templates to make large objects, such as improved solar panels. Julian was also CEO of a small biotech company.
Julian has had many other interests outside politics and science – playing percussion in the Sydney Opera House and volunteering with St John Ambulance. He is also a keen cyclist and has completed a number of sponsored rides, including an event earlier this year to raise money for Liberty and commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Thomas Paine. Julian raised over £1,800 for the cause.
Julian also has a long-standing interest in Internationalism, the UN and human rights. He has organised a number of UN-based conferences, and while a student founded a series of Human Rights conferences in Spain. He is currently Chair of Trustees for a small Cambridge charity supporting awareness of the UN. Julian has also worked for the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), and their report on the Bulgarian education system, published in 2002, led to significant changes in how education is provided in Bulgaria.
Julian was elected MP for Cambridge in May 2010, and you can find details of his work in Parliament here.
You can find details of Julian's expenses since becoming an MP here.