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Kathryn Hatchell

Graduate Student in the PhD Population Health program since 2014


Kaukauna, Wisconsin


Brief Interest Statement: I completed my undergrad at UW-Madison in genetics. My study in genetics has triggered interest in how genes play a role in predisposition, progression and treatment of disease.

What experiences in your life led you to study population/public health? There have been many formative experiences which have led me to studying Population health. When I was very young, my youngest brother was diagnosed with a very rare autoimmune disease, juvenile dermatomyositis, which is known to be caused by genetics in conjunction with certain environmental triggers. Learning interventions to prevent and manage/treat this and other terrible diseases has pushed me to study Population Health.
Additionally, during my undergraduate career, I spent three years working in a Genetics lab studying neurodegenerative disease. My work there taught me about the many determinants of health, ranging from genetics to environment, and interactions between them.

Why did you choose UW-Madison for your degree: UW-Madison for my degree because of the innovative approach of combining Population Health Sciences and the School of Medicine. I also, enjoy the flexibility I have in this program. I have been able to tailor my education path to what I want; this has allowed me to take many courses outside of our department.

What do you hope/plan to do with your degree? Upon graduation, I hope to work in industry or government doing pharmacogenomic research.