On Saturday, McNulty Fellow Mary Katherine Dougherty ’19 will receive a B.S. in Chemical Biology. She joined the McNulty Program as a Fellow during the 2018-19 year, and it was exciting to try to keep up with all of her research accomplishments.
This year, Mary Kate conducted research in the laboratory of Dr. Jen Tudor, studying the link between sleep deprivation and an increase in the formation of stress granules in the nematode Caenorhabiditis elegans. Last fall, she received a Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) Undergraduate Student Travel Award to present her work at the 2018 Society for Neuroscience (SFN) conference in San Diego, CA. While there, she also presented her findings at the Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society Meeting. This work represents the basis for her honors thesis research, and she is planning to return to make another presentation at the 2019 SFN Conference in October.
In addition to her research, Mary Kate has served as a Supplemental Instruction Leader and Mentor in the Biology Department. She is a Fellow in the Institute of Clinical Bioethics, where she distributes and examines the impact of prenatal materials and infant care supplies in marginalized communities through the Baby Box Project. She is a mentor with the Seedlings Program, which is an educational outreach program sponsored by the SJU Department of Biology in partnership with the 4th grade teachers of nearby Samuel L. Gompers Elementary School. She is also a member of Saint Joseph’s University Singers.
Mary Kate is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She was named a semifinalist in the Fulbright ETA Program in Taiwan, and is the recipient of the 2019 Chemical Biology Award. This year, she was also awarded an SJU Gender Studies Trailblazer Award for her excellent performance in a major in which women are traditionally underrepresented.
Upon graduation, Mary Kate will depart for Bethesda, MD, where she will begin her work in a Postbaccalaureate IRTA position in the Department of Perioperative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Best wishes, Mary Kate!