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2013

Armand J Quick Award Recipient

 

Krista E. Asp

Krista Asp was born in Aurora, Colorado. As the child of an Army doctor, she had the great luxury of adventure in many different states before moving to the unequalled farmlands of Wisconsin. Krista attended the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse where she studied microbiology and chemistry. She also moonlighted on weekends as a farm hand and tractor mechanic on her grandparents’ land.  She graduated from LaCrosse with her Bachelor of Science degree, receiving the College of Science and Allied Health Strelczyk Award for the top graduating senior.

Krista was fortunate to work under Dr. Thomas Zahrt in the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Her laboratory work allowed her to follow her passion for science as she studied the interaction of the bacterial pathogen Francisella tularensis and human type II alveolar pneumocytes. As a result Krista was successfully awarded a NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship. Her work was presented at multiple Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conferences. During her studies at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Krista followed her other passion and continued to work on the family farm. 

After graduating from Medical School, Krista will complete a transitional intern year at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. She will then enter her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  While she unlocks the secrets of cross-sectional anatomy, she plans to indulge her research interests in infectious disease molecular imaging. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a career in academic radiology and to continue to do some farming as well.

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