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November, 2011

Katherine Schmalzer
Graduate Student
Dr. Dara Frank Laboratory

Degree - B.S. in Biochemistry, Minor in Biology

Joined MCW in July, 2006

What brought you to MCW?
I came to MCW to start my Ph.D. training in the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences because the faculty and campus had a lot to offer.  I also have a significant amount of family in the area and I'd never lived in a place with seasons or significant snowfall.

What are your current responsibilities?
Currently, I am working on my last project in the lab concerning localization of our Type III secreted toxin from Pseudomonas aeruginosa ExoU.  I will be wrapping up science soon to work on writing my thesis for a defense in March, 2012.  

Favorite thing about your position?
I really enjoy the people I work with and the level of collaboration here at MCW.  For the most part, there are no restrictions on the science I can perform which helps for learning and publishing purposes.

Hobbies and outside of work interests?
I definitely am a fan of the outdoors here in Milwaukee and you could probably find me out running, biking, playing softball and sand volleyball.  I also enjoy cooking, baking, and crocheting.

Interesting "Fun Fact"?
I usually go by a shortened first name, Katie, and although not spelled the same, I am Katie from Katy, Texas.

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