Kate Weber

Washington, DC, US
Field of Work 
Other
 
Government Affairs/Policy
Company 
American Chemical Society
Job Title or "Student" 
Science Policy Fellow
Education 
University of Cambridge
Degree 
PhD, Molecular Biology
Education Level 
PhD
Profile Biography 
I am from Bucks County, PA, and I graduated from Palisades High School in 2003. While in high school, I spent most of my spare time swimming competitively, but I also participated in other clubs and activities, including debate club, German competitions and a German exchange program, cross country, and track. I've always loved science, but in high school, physics was my favorite. It wasn't until college genetics that I knew biology was for me.

I earned an honors B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with a minor in German, from the University of Richmond in 2007. While I was in college I performed laboratory research human glioblastomas (cancer), fruit flies, and worms, and I got hooked on scientific discovery. I enjoyed my liberal arts education, which allowed me to take lots of classes in art, German and sociology, in addition to science. I believe that that broad education made me a better communicator, and a more creative thinker.

For my PhD, I crossed the Atlantic Ocean to study at the University of Cambridge in the UK. I studied the brain of a tiny nematode worm, Caenorhabditis elegans. A lot of people wonder why anyone would devote their life to studying worms, but this humble organism has played a critical role in the history of genetic study, and C. elegans researchers have won three Nobel Prizes!

Since September 2012, I have been working as a Science Policy Fellow at the American Chemical Society in Washington, DC. This is a position designed for scientists to learn about policy-making, and to provide scientific expertise that is often lacking in policy circles.
Interests 
Writing/blogging, Reading, Travel, Sports
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Online role model
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model 3-4 times.
Availability 
Evenings, Weekends
Resources 
Career exploration activities, Funding opportunities, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
None

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