Kathryn Childers is a 2019-2023 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in bioengineering. Childers, originally from Northville, MI, graduated magna cum laude and received her B.S. (2019) in biomedical engineering with a minor in physics from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. At Bucknell, she was a 2 time member of the Academic All-Patriot League Women’s Golf Team, and founded a community service house on campus that provided engineering students the opportunity to complete outreach in the local community. She pursued undergraduate research to implement microfluidic laboratory exercises in the undergraduate curriculum. In addition, she spent two summers working with a KU alumni studying urinary tract infections and the monitoring of drug treatments, while writing a market analysis on biosensing. As a graduate researcher, she is looking to continue her work in biosensing through developing microfluidic chips to improve early detection of diseases and treatment methods. She plans to continue this work after graduation with the ultimate goal of individualizing the healthcare field.
Mentor: Ken Fisher, Director, Bioengineering, Professor, Mechanical Engineering