Kaitlyn completed her Bachelors of Science in Microbiology & Immunology at the University of British Columbia in 2015. She went on to complete a Masters of Science in Cell Biology from ETH Zurich finishing in 2017. A recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada's Postgraduate Award, St. John's College Lester B. Pearson award and the Clarendon Award, she is currently working towards achieving her DPhil in the laboratory of Richard Wade-Martins.
Kaitlyn's interests revolve around dissecting the underlying cause of Parkinson's Disease (PD). Use of iPSC-derived dopamine neurons from Parkinson's affected individuals allows the for examination of the molecular mechanisms leading to dysfunction in the human PD brain. Kaitlyn is specifically interested in producing these cells to investigate intrinsic defects in dopamine release in a subcellular, cell-autonomous manner. This research is important for understanding the pathophysiology of PD and the discovery of novel targets for future therapeutics.