Kathleen received a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urabana-Champaign and majored in Engineering Physics. She is rostered in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Kathleen completed her first lab rotation in Dr. Orit Peleg's lab in the Department of Computer Science. She completed her second lab rotation in Dr. Zoe Donaldson's lab in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Kathleen completed her third lab rotation in Dr. Tor Wager's lab in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. For her fourth lab rotation, she worked with two other IQ Biology students and Dr. Kralj, Dr. Spencer and Dr. Palmer were their advisors.