Catherine Gorick

Olive B. and Franklin C. Mac Krell Jefferson Fellow
Class: 2020
Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia
B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015)

Katie is a first-year PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering Department, working in Richard Price’s lab. The Price lab investigates the biomechanics of the microvasculature as well as therapeutic applications of focused ultrasound for delivering drugs across blood vessels and across the blood-brain barrier. Specifically, Katie is developing a system to deliver genes that promote DNA demethylation to the sites of blood vessel blockages or to brain tumors using focused ultrasound, with the intent to promote the formation of new vasculature to reroute blood flow in the case of the vessel blockages, and to reactivate silenced tumor suppressor genes in the case of brain cancers. Katie is also an author on a paper currently in press based on research conducted during her first rotation at UVA, which involved a collaboration between Shayn Pierce-Cottler’s lab in Biomedical Engineering and Cassandra Fraser’s lab in Chemistry to develop oxygen-sensing nanoparticles to assess wound healing.

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