Dr. Katze is Professor of Microbiology and Associate Director for Molecular Sciences and Core Staff Scientist at the Washington National Primate Research Center. He has studied virus-host interactions for more than 30 years and is a leader in applying systems biology approaches to infectious disease research. He is an author of over 270 papers and reviews, over half of which are related to the use of high-throughput and computational methods. He has received the Milstein Award from the International Society of Interferon and Cytokine Research for his contributions to the interferon field and the prestigious Dozor Scholar Award by the Israeli Microbiology Society. Dr. Katze heads a laboratory of over 35 individuals that is focused on using high-throughput technologies and computational methods to model and understand the complex interplay between viruses and the cells they infect.
Sara Kelly joined the Katze Lab as a Research Scientist in January 2010. She has a BA in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz where her studies focused on Marine and Molecular Biology. Sara’s interest shifted to Microbiology shortly after graduating when she joined Dr. William Fenical’s Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The focus of Dr. Fenical’s lab is the discovery of medicinally valuable compounds derived from marine microorganisms. Her work with marine microbes led her to Portland State University where she studied microbial ecology of extremophiles, specifically bacteria capable of surviving in hydrothermal vents. In addition to science, Sara loves exploring the outdoors with her family, and pursuing her passion for photography.
Program Operations Specialist
Rose has worked in Research, Management and Patient Care Services for nearly 20 years at the University of Washington. Rose loves traveling, riding her motorcycle, spending time with her beautiful granddaughter, husband, friends and dog. She believes you get back in life what you put into it, she lives by the motto you are only passing though life once so have no regrets and do what you want.."
Senior Project Manager
Dr. Llewellyn joins the Katze laboratory with extensive experience in scientific leadership and project management. Dr. Llewellyn's scientific expertise is in infectious diseases, focusing on biodefense and biothreat agents. Zara holds a PhD and MS in Epidemiology and a BS in Microbiology from Colorado State University."
Jacqueline has worked in Research Management and Finance for nearly 10 years and feels honored to be a part of the University. Jacqueline is a Mother of 3 beautiful young girls. She loves traveling, cooking asian cuisine, being anywhere near the water, and surfing. She believes greatness is the ability to affect those around you positively.
Senior Scientists and Fellows
"When Thomas Edison worked late into the night on the electric light, he had to do it by gas lamp or candle. I'm sure it made the work seem that much more urgent." -George Carlin
Mukta received her PhD. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Oklahoma State University and her BS in Microbiology in Mount Carmel College in India. Her doctorate work focused on characterizing newly discovered viruses and applying metagenomics tools to design new methods for viral diagnostics. She is interested in understanding viral pathogenesis in the Katze Lab. When not working, she enjoys playing chess.
Adriana Forero is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Katze lab. Adriana holds a BA in Biology from Wesleyan College and a PhD in Molecular Virology and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her graduate work focused on the interplay between interferon regulatory factors (IRF) and DNA tumor viruses. In the Katze lab, she is interested in further understanding the host response to viral infection and identifying signatures associated with pathogenesis. Outside of lab she enjoys reading, biking, and dancing.
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Korth is interested in technical and medical writing and the effective communication of scientific concepts in grants, contracts, and the professional literature. His doctoral research focused on the role of fimbrial adhesins in Escherichia coli pathogenesis and his post-doctoral work characterized the PKR kinase inhibitor and molecular chaperone P58IPK. He is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and holds a BA in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a BS in microbiology and BSMT in medical technology from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Washington.
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Langevin is a senior research scientist in the Katze Lab. He holds a BS in biology from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in comparative pathology from UC Davis. Dr. Langevin’s research interests focus on characterizing microbial-host interactions that define pathogenicity, virus discovery, the evolution of emerging RNA viruses and interspecies transmission dynamics. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, snowboarding, scuba diving, and traveling.
NHP-FGC Project Manager
Dr. Law joined the Katze lab in 2008 after 15 years of basic research in the fields of transcriptional and translational control in mammalian systems. She holds a BS in chemistry from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Washington State University. She is interested in pushing forward new methods utilizing systems biology approaches to better understand pathogen-host interactions. Following the motto – work hard, play hard – she also spends time sea kayaking, river rafting, hiking and bird watching.
Project Manager - Emerging Infectious Disease Studies
Dr. Morrison is interested in combining classical virology and computational biology to provide an overarching view of what happens in a cell or a whole organism during a viral infection. Her PhD research at Columbia University centered on picornavirus inhibition of the interferon response, while her postdoctoral work at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai focused on innate immune responses to flaviviruses such as dengue virus and yellow fever virus. Though she has concentrated on RNA viruses thus far, she is broadly interested in all classes of infectious agents. When she is not studying virus-host interactions, Dr. Morrison mentors young scientists and designs science education tools.
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." -Albert Einstein
Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Rasmussen's interests and expertise focus on translational studies of medically relevant and emerging viruses in multiple experimental models. Her doctoral work focused on isolating mouse-adapted rhinovirus variants. Her postdoctoral work identified critical host molecules regulating HCV and HIV infection both in vitro and in patients. She also employs systems methods to identify features of pathogenesis and identify potential drug targets for many emerging or highly pathogenic viruses, including dengue, Ebola, Lassa, Lujo, Middle East-CoV, and H7N9 influenza. She holds a BA from Smith College, and a MA, M.Phil, and PhD in Microbiology from Columbia University.
Pavel Sova came to Katze lab in 2009 as a virologist. He has an extensive experience working with viruses including HIV, Epstein-Barr virus, human cytomegalovirus, adenovirus, vaccinia virus, flu, and dengue virus. Prior to joining the Katze lab, in addition to his work with viruses he has been involved in cancer genomics/epigenomics focusing on development of methylation biomarkers for early detection of cervical cancer, in genomics of nonhuman primates, and in development of oncolytic adenoviral vectors. When not in the lab, Pavel enjoys climbing or skiing Cascade peaks and volcanoes, and spending time with his family.
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Go is applying systems approaches to the study of pathogen-host interactions. In particular, she is interested in modeling the acute phase response during H1N1 pandemic influenza infection for a global understanding of transcriptome regulation leading to viral pathogenesis and severe respiratory disease. Toward this end, she is directing collaborative, multidisciplinary projects in functional genomics, including microarray and next-generation sequencing studies utilizing in vitro and in vivo model systems, and providing biological interpretation of high-throughput ‘omics datasets. She obtained her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she examined influenza NA inhibitor resistance. Dr. Go maintains an active interest in science education, and has been actively engaged in student science research mentoring programs.
Hongjie Wang is a molecular biologist interested in virus-host interaction. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Helsinki. Prior to joining the Katze lab, he worked on the field of adenovirus for 10 years. Outside work, he enjoys hiking and sitting by the campfire with his daughter.
Kristi received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University. Her graduate work focused on epigenetic regulation of gene expression in yeast. Her first job was at The Center For Personalized Diagnostics at Arizona State University where she studied disease biomarkers, protein post-translational modifications, and protein-protein interactions using microarrays. Kristi is excited to have moved to Seattle with an opportunity to learn new concepts in the Katze lab. When not working, she enjoys running, yoga, and hanging out with her two dogs.
Victoria joined the Katze lab in 1999. She brought with her 12 years of experience in Tropical medicine at Seattle Biomedical, where she primarily did protein chemistry and Kinase regulation studies using a Trypanosoma brucei model. Vickie has spent the last 15 years happily focused on studying the world’s deadliest viruses. She is now a research scientist III with a total of 31 papers, 24 of those done in the Katze lab. To express her creative side, she has run a home based photography studio for over 20 years. She also enjoys hiking with her dogs, herding her grandson, reading on the beach, and photographing anything and everything.
Jean earned her B.S. from University of Washington. She joined the Katze lab in October 2008. Prior to that, Jean was in Biology creating fosmid libraries from algae and University of Washington Genome Center working on BAC shotgun and fosmid libraries as part of the human genome sequencing project. She has been working mainly on system virology samples in the lab till 2013. Jean enjoys reading in her free time.
Elise earned her B.S. from Western Washington University. She joins the lab after working in the Biochemistry Department at the UW, where she worked on Ribosomal Footprinting and was introduced to the wonderful world of next generation sequencing. When not in the lab, Elise enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis and soccer, and hiking.
Matt earned his B.S. from the University of Utah and then moved to Seattle over 10 years ago via a few years in Portland, Oregon. He has applied his experience of macaque models and molecular biology to next generation sequencing methodologies. Matt has been in the Katze Lab for a total for ten years, with a stint in local biotech in between. He enjoys computers, weight lifting, and herpetology as a hobbies and lives with his wife, two boys, and two cats in Shoreline, Washington.
Marlene received her B.S. in Medical Technology at Seattle University. She has been employed at the University of Washington for many years. She worked in several departments before joining the Katze lab in 1987, the year Dr. Katze moved to Seattle to set up his lab. She originally worked at the bench doing research, but now manages several areas of the lab including compliance with safety regulations. Marlene and her husband are both from the Midwest and enjoy spending time with friends and family there as well as in Seattle.
Jeff has always had an interest in biology, particularly the littlest creatures. Having received his B.S. in Biology from Rutgers University and an M.S. in Microbiology from Cornell, Jeff has worked on a wide range of topics ranging from fermentation biology at Merck, microarray development at Michigan State Univ., and cancer drug development at Nereus Pharmaceuticals. Jeff joined the Katze Lab in January 2010 and enjoys working on his house, cooking, gardening and hiking in his free time.
Chris first entered the Katze lab as an undergraduate research intern in 2010, where he conducted research in an attempt to elucidate the mechanism of Rab1a in an HCV infection. He graduated in 2012 with a BS in Cellular, Molecular and Developmental biology with an emphasis in mathematics and microbiology from the University of Washington. After graduation he joined the lab as a full time Research Scientist. He currently works on a variety of projects involving a systems biology approach to understanding the progression of infectious disease in several experimental models. He has a serious passion for science and virology and hopes to continue his education in the field. Outside of research he enjoys weight-lifting, hiking, climbing and photography.
Cecilia assists with laboratory support operations by performing duties as required or assigned by the research scientists. She enjoys working with such a dedicated group of scientists in the Katze Lab. Cecilia and her husband Earl have one son. In her leisure time, she enjoys dancing Mexican Folkdances and she is part of a Mexican dance group. She likes to paint with watercolor and oil media and enjoys doing other crafts as well. She’s been told that she cooks delicious Mexican dishes!
Socorro provides basic support for the laboratory, including stocking supplies and making solutions. She is happy to be part of this dynamic laboratory that has so much to offer. Socorro loves to travel to Mexico and visit her family and friends whenever she is able! She enjoys cooking, knitting and enjoy life with friends.
Bioinformatics and Information Technology
Senior Computer Specialist
Chris joined the Katze Lab in August, 2012. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a BS in Computer Science, and chose to go into the IT field. Chris has provided support for over ten years, including at Pacific Lutheran University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Being part of organizations that are changing the world for the better is one of the ways Chris fulfills his mantra of, "One person can make a difference." When not working, Chris enjoys spending time with family, friends, hiking, and bowling.
Senior Computer Specialist
Dale spent the majority of his IT career as the tactical and strategic lead for anti-virus and intrusion prevention efforts for the 2nd largest private network in the United States. Seeking both work in the Linux and Open Source world, along with the beauty and culture of the Pacific Northwest, he moved to Seattle and was excited to find he could help the fight against viruses of the biological kind at the University of Washington. When not working on the infrastructure of the Katze lab, Dale can found hiking and exploring Seattle, the northwest, and as often as possible, abroad.
Andrew is a bioinformatician interested in tackling diverse biological problems with computational methodology. He received his B.A. in classics from UCLA with a focus in Latin poetry and his M.S. in biology from University of Oregon where he began his research pursuits in bioinformatics. His research interests include genome assembly, annotation, phylogenetics, network analysis, and agent-based modeling. He is especially keen on learning more about systems-level approaches. When he is not at work he can be found reading and hanging out with other people’s dogs.
Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Peng has a multidisciplinary background with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Foods and Nutrition, and Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from UT-ORNL Graduate School of Genome Science and Technology. Prior to joining the Katze laboratory in 2008, he worked for 3 years as Bioinformatics Manager at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (now Seattle BioMed). He is interested in systems analysis of host responses, and getting involved early in experimental design. He is interested in developing computational solutions for applying new technologies.