Kaitlyn was originally born in Johannesburg, South Africa to a computer scientist and civil engineer. Kaitlyn and her mother immigrated to Texas in 2000 to seek greater opportunities than were provided living in South Africa. Kaitlyn attended John H. Guyer High School where she fortified her love for medicine and science by being exposed to pharmacology and organic chemistry. After high school, Kaitlyn received her Pharmacy Technician license before attending the University of North Texas in 2013. In May of 2017, Kaitlyn received her Honors BA in Biology and Honors BA in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry, focusing in pre-medicine and neuroscience. During her time at UNT, Kaitlyn was a research assistant in a Stress and Cognition Laboratory, Clinical Personality Laboratory, Plant Metabolic Engineering Laboratory, and Computational Neuroscience laboratory. Alongside her research experience, Kaitlyn does have prior teaching experience as she was a Supplemental Instruction leader for Statistics and Probability at UNT. Kaitlyn loves to give back to her community, so she has spent the last four years organizing and attending benefit and fundraising events.
Kaitlyn is hoping to attend graduate school in Fall of 2018 to pursue her Ph.D in Cellular Neuroscience. Kaitlyn is extremely interested in translational research which incorporates both clinical and “pure science” elements. She hopes to have her own translational laboratory one day where she can further investigate neurodegenerative diseases.
When Kaitlyn is not at Fusion, she is usually rock-climbing or playing video games with her friends. She especially loves to travel and has had the opportunity to go to many different places, but she prefers the opportunity to visit her family in South Africa. Kaitlyn is very excited to be a member of the Dallas Fusion team where she will be able to fortify the yearning for scientific learning. She is hoping to make a positive impact on her student’s academic and personal lives!