When it comes to technology development, one of the most important elements is understanding how customers will use it. That’s why we rely on people like Katherine Krouse, Senior Research Associate in Applications Development, to help us ensure that the Onyx™ Digital Genome Engineering platform will be useful for as many scientists as possible. Katherine grew up in Knoxville, Tenn., and completed her bachelor’s degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Tennessee.
What’s your role at Inscripta?
I work on various E. coli and yeast applications to really showcase our technology and how customers could apply it. Lots of lab work!
What brought you to the company?
When I think about previous gene editing projects I have contributed to, the work was difficult to conduct at large-scale and took so long to do small things. In my interview here, I learned that the Inscripta technology can do that same work in just a few days. Immediately, I could see how the technology was applicable and how time-saving it would be for researchers. That really sold me on coming to Inscripta to help bring this technology to other researchers!
How did you get into the genome editing field?
Growing up, my mother instilled in me the same love she has for science. She is a biology teacher and always took the time to teach me the beauty of science. I have so many memories of her celebrating revolutionary new technologies in the field. Because of this, I knew I wanted to go into science. I chose chemical engineering in college because it was the closest I could get to biological engineering at my school, and I knew that gene editing and synthetic biology were where I wanted to end up.
What’s the most exciting thing about moving from genome reading to genome writing?
It puts so much power into the hands of researchers that was never possible previously, and so much new biology is illuminated! I never would have been able to grasp the scale of possibilities before joining Inscripta. Now I see there is so much that can be done with this technology that couldn’t be done before. It makes research so much faster and easier.
If you could use genome engineering to address any challenge, what would you choose and why?
I think I would want to explore personalized medicine and really making it accessible. There’s so much value in bringing genetics into medicine.
What did you do as a kid that you wish you could do more as an adult?
Playing flashlight tag with friends into the night and not having to wake up the next day to go to work.
What’s your favorite vacation?
Going to the beach! Anything from lounging and reading a good book to learning how to surf and kiteboard.