Hey, I'm Kat! I'm passionate about learning, I value integrity, and I strive to make a positive impact on my communities.
I founded Science & Us, co-direct MAHacks, and serve as the co-captain of FRC Team 5962. I've conducted scientific research independently and at Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and presented my work at the National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, and Journal of Emerging Investigators.
I'm a rising high school senior from Lowell, MA, and enjoy working out, writing, and making bad puns.
Last summer, I interned with Evelyn Hu's lab at Harvard University, conducting lab experiments and simulations of nanoscale semiconductor lasers and their electronic band structures.
With researchers at UMass Lowell, I ran molecular docking and dynamics simulations of potential drugs against botulinum neurotoxin, which is both the cause of botulism (a deadly condition) and the active ingredient in Botox. I received Third Place at the 2017 Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair for this research.
I built Snapdragon, a web app for dragging around objects in photos, at MAHacks, a Boston-area high school hackathon. Now, as an organizer for the entirely youth-run event, I maintain our website, contact potential sponsors, and help with logistics.
I investigated the effects of burned polyvinyl chloride (PVC) on bacterial transformation. The project earned an Honorable Mention at the 2016 Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair and is published in the Journal of Emerging Investigators.