Years working in laboratories training students in the scientific method and biological techniques has taught Katherine that students do best when given responsibility. She strives to develop within all her students pride in their work and independence of thought. Katherine finds that students perform best when given vibrant touchstones of information. Her background in biological research has given her a wide array of examples from her personal experience to bring topics to life and keep students engaged.
Students often struggle when entering college because of the heavy expectations placed upon them after little responsibility in high school. After a decade working at the college level, Katherine knows that very few of the skills required for extraordinary success in academia are related to intelligence. Instead she trains her students to develop the habits of college success: discipline, resilience, and joy. Her goal when working with students is to create future colleagues who can hold themselves to high standards, accept the occasional failure with grace, and derive satisfaction from their work.
Katherine has worked as a TA and grader for college courses, tutored students in mathematics, chemistry and biology, and also worked for four years as a mentor to student researchers. Her students have graduated with departmental honors for their research, published their work in peer reviewed journals and gone on to medical school. Both the professional and personal growth of her students is something that Katherine derives great joy in developing.
Katherine graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of Texas, Austin. She is still an avid fan of her undergrad football team – Hook ‘Em! – but has now come to support the Cal Bears of her husband as well, save on the rare occasion that the two schools play each other. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley where she studied morphogenesis, research that was awarded the prestigious American Heart Association Fellowship. She enjoys volunteering her spare time, working with community organizations and schools in her home of East Oakland.