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About: Kate

I am a professor at the University of Valparaiso in Valparaiso Chile. I was born in Northern New York, did my undergraduate studies in the State University of New York in Biology and Art. I stayed an extra year to obtain a Masters in Neurobiology. I then entered the vagrant years where I worked at a marine lab, for a veterinarian, in a machine shop, and as a freelance cellist before finally returning to university to do my Doctorate in Zoology at the University of Washington in Seattle. After completing my PhD (developmental neurobiology and genetics using Drosophila) I switched to zebrafish as a model system where I initiated studies in olfactory system development. I was fortunate to work in a lab (Westerfield Lab) that allowed me to pursue my dream project. With a head filled with fish facts and Indian music I headed back to "my side" of the continent to work at Cornell University in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics. After gracing the Ivy League with my presence for eight years I moved my lab to the "deep south" to live by the ocean in the amazing city of Valparaiso, Chile.

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Outreach Program: “Ciencia Al Tiro” (Science Immediately)

Posted by on August 21st, 2014

Ciencia Al Tiro (Science Immediately) is an Outreach program developed to encourage interest in science and technology. Our inspiration was to help the situation of education in Chile where there is an extremely large difference in the quality of education among schools. According to an OECD assessment of student performance, Chile has the largest gap[…]