Katie is a PhD candidate in the Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology program at UCLA and researches treatments for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury in the laboratory of Dr. Patricia E. Phelps. Aside from her research, Katie is also dedicated to help improve both undergraduate and graduate education in the Integrative Biology and Physiology department. After having been a TA for a lower division life science course and an upper division neurodevelopment course in which she helped implement changes to allow for more active learning, she became the teaching assistant consultant/student instructor for her department’s graduate student TA training course. Inspired by her own experience and those of her peers, she implemented several changes to this class in order to better prepare and encourage new TAs to use more evidence-based practices in their discussion sections. Wanting to assess whether the changes she made were benefiting the TAs or not led her to CIRTL and was the focus of her Teaching As Research project. Katie has also worked as a graduate student mentor for the Undergraduate Research Center and served on the Biological graduate Student Council for two years during which she co-developed a quarterly event that aims connect undergraduates looking to get into research with graduate students, post-docs, and PIs in need of help. Outside of lab and class time, Katie enjoys hiking and traveling (or at least as often as possible on a graduate student budget) and, of course, spending time with her wife, family, friends, and cats.