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Kateryna Kozyrytska’s Personal Story


“I came to US because I felt like I could have a career in science.”


Kateryna, a female biochemist born in Ukraine, describes how as a scientist she doesn’t have to choose between career and home-life like some of her peers back home, that there are examples, even at MIT, of women who have both.Search

  • Current Title

    Graduate student at the Stanford University School of Medicine

  • MIT title

    MIT undergraduate student (class of 2012) in Prof. Cathy Drennan’s Lab

  • In your current work, where do you find inspiration/real-word application to your research? What about science continues to inspire you?

    There are just so many questions that arise in everyday experiences: how can people multifunction, for example, drive to work and listen to the radio at the same time? How can we make a flu vaccine that will work every year? How did humans get to be so big and so multicellular? How do we see green leaves, and how did plants figure out how to do something as complex and challenging as photosynthesis? Why do we sleep – or at least want to sleep – every day? There is so much to learn about the way the world works!

  • What is your favorite non-science book, blog, or magazine?

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  • Did you know how to play a sport or musical instrument? Which one?

    I used to sing and play piano, but then science took over because there is so much more to learn.

  • If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

    To travel in time and to fly.