The NICHD Connection would like to introduce NICHD’s new post-baccalaureate (postbac) Institutes and Centers (IC) representative, Katie Wendover. Postbac IC reps serve on the NIH-wide Pre-IRTA Committee on behalf of the institute’s postbac fellow population. They also work closely with the NICHD Office of Education to plan events of interest to the postbacs, whether academic or social. NICHD currently has over 70 postbacs who are conducting both clinical and basic science research.
Hello all! My name is Katie Wendover, and I am a second-year postbac serving as the NICHD postbac representative. I am from Littleton, Colorado, and love exploring all things nature related. I earned my BA in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in French at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. In addition to outdoor activities, I love to travel, and I sing in the acapella group Nerds In Harmony with other fellows from the NIH.
As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to conduct research at the California Institute of Technology through the Amgen Scholars Program, which sparked my love of research. In the laboratory of Dr. Paul Sternberg, I examined the biological consequences of gene variants implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorder using the model organism C. elegans. During the summer conference for the Amgen program, I met Dr. Sharon Milgram, who introduced me to the IRTA program at the National Institutes of Health. At the NIH, I work in the laboratory of Dr. Henry Levin studying the activity of retrotransposons in fission yeast. This mechanism is an important model for the propagation of retroviruses such as HIV.
I am excited to work with the NICHD Office of Education and OITE in the upcoming year to help other postbac fellows make the most of their time here. As a second-year postbac fellow, I know how useful the resources and staff in both offices can be in aiding fellows during their time at the NIH. As the postbac representative, I aim to connect fellows in NICHD with opportunities where they can thrive and prepare for the next phase of their careers. Furthermore, I am here to provide encouragement and tips for fellows, as I know that our postbac experiences can be stressful at times, but ultimately rewarding. I look forward to meeting all of you and hope you take the time to reach out!
You can contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.