Katie joined the National Institutes of Health as a postbaccalaureate research fellow in August 2014. Currently working in the Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch of the National Eye Institute, her field of research is computational biology. Katie uses multiple forms of software, computer algorithms, self-designed code, and supercomputers to create 3D, atomic models of proteins involved in diseases of the human body. Her scientific research at the NIH is in the process of being published and she continues to use computers to explore small molecules capable of acting as potential drugs to improve the negative effects of rare diseases of the eye.
After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Molecular and Microbiology and a minor in Economics, Katie served a year as an AmeriCorps member with Community Health Corps in NYC. She designed a full-resource guide to streamline the process of helping patients find medical and prescription drug coverage. In addition, she led health education classes and frequently volunteered teaching computer skills to low-income and marginalized residents of NYC. Prior to starting at the NIH, Katie worked for the nonprofit BronxWorks as a case manager where she coordinated health and medical needs for chronically homeless and mentally ill residents. Katie is passionate about using technology to address disease and impact major public health issues.
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