Katie received her B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Biology from Beloit College in 2010. She is a second year PhD student in the Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology program at Washington University. Prior to coming to Washington University, in the summer of 2009, she was an NIH-INBRE (National Institutes of Health IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) bioinformatics fellow at the University of Wyoming in the lab of Alex Buerkle. During her fellowship, she annotated and characterized 454 sequences of ESTs from a de novo assembly of lodgepole pine (Pinus contora), an important non-model species in the Rocky Mountain ecosystems. Katie is taking a genomics approach to Dictyostelium discoideum. One of the things she is studying is the puzzling abundance of short tandem repeats (microsatellites) in the Dictyostelium genome.
Parchman, T.L., Geist, K.S., Grahnen, J.A., Benkman, C.W., Buerkle, C.A. 2010. Transcriptome sequencing in an ecologically important tree species: assembly, annotation, and marker discovery. BMC Genomics: 11, 180.
Geist, K.S. 2010. Transcriptome annotation and gene detection in a non-model species. The Beloit Biologist 29: 27–37.