Phone Number: 415.756.4966
BS: Cal Poly Pomona
Kat is originally from San Francisco, California where she spent her formative years far away from the conventional agricultural industry. Sparked by a high school biotechnology class and its coverage of selective breeding, Kat went on to complete her undergraduate degree in Plant Science with a minor in Agronomy at Cal Poly Pomona, graduating in the Spring of 2018. Her interest in agriculture turned specifically to research when she became an undergraduate student researcher in Dr. Anna Soper’s lab, whose research concerns the management of the Asian Citrus Psyllid as a vector of Huanglongbing (also known as citrus greening disease).
In the summer of 2017, Kat came to North Carolina for the first time as a Kelman Scholar within the Kerns Lab. She worked with Glenn Galle regarding nematodes and their management. Her interest in Plant Pathology truly began here, after she saw the wide array of projects possible even within a single lab.
Kat is now pursuing a Master’s in Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University.