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Niyo Kato
Graduate Student

I received my BS in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. Upon graduating, my passion for science and education led me to join Teach For America, a national service corps committed to providing quality education in under-privileged public schools. In this capacity, I taught high school biology and forensics for two years in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Although teaching was phenomenally rewarding and equally fun, my desire to learn more about, and contribute directly to science drew me strongly to graduate school.

I just finished completing my MA in Biotechnology at Columbia University. I am hoping that I can integrate the knowledge I've gained during this time, into my studies here in the PhD program.

My current research interests stem from my previous experiences with developmental biology. Most recently I worked in Dr. Tulle Hazelrigg's lab to study the role of a histone methyl transferase, Eggless, in the somatic cyst stem cells and cyst cells of the Drosophila testes. However, I would be thrilled to explore other facets of biology, and working with different model organisms.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time outdoors - whether it be reading, eating, or connecting with new people... I just think its more fun to be sitting on the grass or strolling by the river. Thank goodness for Riverside Park!

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