Kaitlyn is a TED2018 Fellow who works on how our immune system can help regenerate tissue. She graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2011 with a BS in Biological Sciences, after which she joined a molecular immunology lab at the National Institutes of Health for 1 year of postbaccalaurate training. Going into graduate school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Kaitlyn continued her work on the immune system and in 2016 earned a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, on the role of helper T cells in regenerating injured muscle. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Chemical Engineering department working on wound healing and materials used in treatments for type-1 diabetes.
Adria is a multi-disciplinary scientist and a specialist in creating new media about scientific research. Her scientific work on social fluid exchange in ants and bees from the University of Lausanne has been written about by Science, Nature, Wired, and the Boston Globe amongst others. She did her Ph.D. in the sensory neuroscience and biophysics of the sensory cells in our inner ears at The Rockefeller University in New York. For her undergrad, she studied biology at the College of Creative Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, before working for a few years on the biochemistry of Alzheimer’s disease. Adria is the founder of The Catalyst, a cross-disciplinary group of scientists working to improve communication skills and to create new science-driven media (most recently, exposurehackathon.com). Adria is passionate about spreading the beauty of science and improving critical thinking worldwide.