Position title: CMP Graduate Student
Katie Zarbock is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Pathology program studying how the gut microbiome may influence Alzheimer’s disease. Katie grew up in Menomonie, WI and studied biology and minored in French at St. Catherine University. As an undergraduate, she performed research on cold tolerance in rice under Dr. Michael Schlappi at Marquette University and ammonium transporters in the slime mold, Dictyostelium discoideum under Tami McDonald at St. Catherine University. Upon graduating, she sequenced Zika virus and simian immunodeficiency virus as research associate under Shelby O’Connor at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Katie started grad school in the fall of 2017 and has enjoyed animal work, running gels for Westerns and after PCR, and staining and imaging for immunohistochemistry. When not in lab, she likes to craft, bake, and eat cheese curds, and when it’s not COVID times, she enjoys swing dancing and grabbing coffee around Madison with friends.