Katie was born and raised in Bay City, Michigan. She attended Saginaw Valley State University where she began her research journey. She worked on analytical projects, organic projects, participated in community STEM outreach projects, and mentored high school students. Her undergraduate research journey allowed her to realize that she wanted to continue with organic chemistry with the hope of becoming a professor one day. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from SVSU in spring 2018 and joined the Draths group at Michigan State University in December 2018. Currently, she is working on developing a synthesis for lactic acid starting from methane and carbon dioxide that intertwines chemical and enzymatic catalysis. When Katie isn’t in the lab, she enjoys singing and playing her guitar and ukulele, dancing, crafting, jamming to Taylor Swift, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.