Help is on the way. Kat did it!! Defense: ✅. In the Segura Lab, her research focused on engineering hyaluronic acid based-hydrogels to promote tissue repair after stroke. As a person, Kat is passionate about transparencies in science communication and bringing STEM opportunities to BIPOCs. She has mentored several high school students and undergraduates who later won presentation awards for their work, as well as obtained fellowships at Duke. She is specifically honored to be selected as a BME graduate student committee member for the Pratt’s School of Engineering Diversity Inclusion and Equity Committee and hopes to create a safer and more welcoming environment for the underrepresented minorities in STEM. Before joining the Segura lab she received her M.S. from UCLA in Organic Chemistry, specializing in synthesizing heparin-mimicking polymers, and was the outreach coordinator for WiSE, as well as the treasurer of SWE. Prior to graduate school she received a B.S. in Chemistry, B.S. in Molecular Biology, and a B.S. in Art at the University of Redlands, CA.