Kate entered the Public Policy PhD program in fall 2016.  She previously studied biology, psychology and music at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and neuroscience at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, OR.  She won the award for the best masters thesis at OHSU for her work on the receptor cells of the inner ear.  Kate then moved to DC to work on science policy at the National Institutes of Health, where she contributed to the development and implementation of research policies related to genomics, data sharing, precision medicine, and informed consent.  These projects helped shape her current research interests in bioethics and science policy.  Kate is a member of the Royster Society of Fellows at UNC and a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.