Kaitlin Budd has the determination to be at the forefront of scientific investigation in developmental neurobiology and pediatric brain tumor research. She hopes to uncover the molecular and cellular mechanisms of histone mutations in the brain and how they drive the development of pediatric midline high-grade gliomas in the lab of Suzanne Baker, PhD.
In her undergraduate career, Budd was a presidential scholar and received her bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences in 2018 from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. During her time at Oakland University, she worked in a lab studying renal cell carcinoma and also completed a summer ASPET fellowship at the University of Michigan. She earned her master's degree from the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in May 2020.
Budd currently works in the lab of Suzanne Baker, PhD, Developmental Biology.
“I love that the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is geared toward applying basic science to the treatment of disease,” she says. “This will maximize my ability to think critically and help me develop the skills needed to be a leader in the scientific field.”
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan