Katie Lee Hwang

2009 Deputy Director (Sponsorship)

Katie Lee is studying in the MD/PhD program at Harvard Medical School.

Katie earned an MSc in Immunology from Oxford under a Rhodes Scholarship. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007 with a dual degree in biochemistry and chemistry

When Katie Lee began college at the age of fifteen, her interest in biomedical research quickly crystallized. A two-year Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, she has received numerous academic scholarships and awards, including the Maroon and Gold Leadership Award, the L. M. Henderson Endowed Biochemistry Scholarship and the Sally Herz Scholastic Excellence Award.

Conducting research in immunology, Katie utilized a new model system to study B cell development in systemic lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune disease. She also performed research for two summers at Harvard Medical School through the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program, where she studied the human papillomavirus. Her honors thesis investigates the metabolism of nicotine and other carcinogens by variant cytochrome P450s. An accomplished musician, she began playing the violin at the age of two and has been concertmaster of the University of Minnesota Campus Orchestra. Katie was a teaching assistant for upper-division biochemistry classes and volunteered for the Immunization Action Plan to promote timely immunizations of children.

Katie aspires to become a physician-scientist, combining clinical practice with biomedical research.

InnoWorks is a Winner of the 2007 BRICK Awards