PhD, University of California San Francisco, 2014
BS, University of California San Diego, 2006
Kate’s general research interest is in combining epidemiological and laboratory approaches to broaden the impact of healthcare interventions. As a postdoctoral fellow, she is currently working in Rio de Janeiro on a number of projects related to improving tuberculosis and HIV treatment outcomes. She is conducting a laboratory-based study to examine biomarkers of successful tuberculosis treatment in pediatric patients. She is also comparing treatment outcomes of patients diagnosed with tuberculosis using different clinical and laboratory methods. Finally, she is working with two reference hospitals in Rio de Janeiro to identify clinical and demographic risk factors for vertical transmission of HIV.
Prior to joining the Riley lab, she conducted thesis research in the laboratory of Roger Nicoll at UCSF, where she characterized the molecular mechanisms of synapse formation in healthy and pathological states. She also helped found Tekla Labs, a non-profit community aimed at creating and sharing designs to build low-cost lab equipment with the goal of expanding science education and research capacity worldwide.