Katie grew up in Oklahoma and attended the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics where she was first introduced to biomedical research in the laboratory of H. Anne Pereira, PhD. Upon graduation, Katie attended the University of Rochester where she graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Microbiology and Immunology and received a Distinction in Research for her undergraduate research in the laboratories of Ganesh Palapattu, MD, and Jiaoti Huang, MD, PhD. Katie is a recipient of the NRSA F30 fellowship award. She completed the PhD portion of the NYU MSTP program in the Cadwell Lab in May of 2015, and subsequently returned to the hospital to finish the MD portion.