Kathryn’s innate curiosity and desire to understand the ‘why’s and the ‘how’s sent her on a mission of exploration and experience-seeking from a young age. From backyard bug expeditions to summer travels, she quickly became enthralled with the natural world around her and developed a deep love for the living things in it. Her pursuit of knowledge eventually brought her to Los Angeles, where she attended the University of Southern California, earning degrees in Human Biology and Global Studies.
Kathryn’s journey has taken her to the realms of medicine, technology, and entertainment, where she enjoyed building her experience with social media, content strategy, copywriting, partnerships, and community engagement. She now finds herself residing at Seed, a company that aims to answer the very questions that drove the inquisitiveness of her youth. Kathryn’s personal mission of discovery has since expanded to encompass the world of Seed (microbes and humans, alike). She strives to connect dots, create meaningful relationships, tell beautiful stories, and continue to learn, explore, and experience.
On her days off, Kathryn’s pastimes include traveling, daydreaming about traveling, baking, going for long drives, running, watching the sunset, and laughing with friends and family.
In conversation with Kathryn:
Six word story of your life. Collecting experiences, both big and small.
What was your first brush with science? Hosting snail weddings in my backyard. I was 4, so hopefully that makes it cute.
Why do you think bacteria are important? They touch everything (literally and figuratively). Bacteria shape our bodies and our world, connecting the dots between all living things – past, present, and future.
How do you define science? Questioning, experimenting, innovating, and questioning again.
How do you define health? A word that finds meaning in the eye of the beholder.
What are you currently reading / listening / watching? A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson The History of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease by Daniel Lieberman Any and all Netflix Comedy Specials
Favorite microbiome-nurturing food? Currently on a cauliflower kick.
Scientist, dead or alive, you’d like to eat with? Edwin Hubble. I have a thing for space.
Microbiome perturbation you’re trying to give up. Frozen Yogurt. Apparently it’s not the same as the unfrozen kind 🙃
Favorite science joke or best mindgasm fact? Why is bacteria so bad at math? It multiplies by dividing.
One fact most people don’t know about you: I wish pumpkin wasn’t limited to one season.