Hi there! I’m Katie.

I’m a graduate student studying bioengineering at the University of Utah.

I grew up in Newtown, Connecticut, before moving to Virginia for college where I studied biomedical engineering and engineering business. After 22 years on the eastern seaboard, I truly thought I was an east coast girl through and through.

That all changed when I flew to Salt Lake City for my interview at the University of Utah. I was instantly hooked on the mountains, the science, and the people, so when I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 I packed up and headed west to pursue a Ph.D.

I’m currently starting my fourth year of graduate school. By day (and a lot of coffee-fueled nights) I study genomic signal processing. In between debugging code and analyzing patient data, I love to spend time outdoors in the beautiful Utah wilderness — hiking, biking, and rock climbing in summer, and skiing in the winter. I also have budding interests in cooking and photography.


About the Blog

I’m starting this blog in Fall of 2015 primarily as an effort to document my journey through grad school. I’ll record the ups and downs of research, offer tips that I’ve learned (usually the hard way), and maybe even some comic relief. My hope is that it will also be a way to stay connected with my family back east and my friends all over the country, a source of camaraderie for my fellow grad students, and an outlet to write something other than abstracts and technical manuscripts.

I’m passionate about science, strong coffee, outdoor adventures, and friends, and this blog will include elements of all of those things. Join me on my journey through grad school as I document the ups and downs of this crazy adventure!