Julia Yeomans obtained her DPhil in Physics from the University of Oxford. She spent two years as a post-doc at Cornell University, then returned to the UK to become a Lecturer at the University of Southampton. Soon after that, she joined the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics at Oxford. She is currently Professor of Physics at Oxford, and was instrumental in founding the Oxford Centre for Soft and Biological Matter. Julia works in theoretical and computational physics, particularly statistical physics, hydrodynamics, soft condensed matter and biological physics. Among her current research interests are active systems, complex fluids and the interactions of fluids with structured surfaces. She has been awarded the EPJE-Pierre Gilles de Gennes lecture prize and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013.