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Kate Watson Awarded Carlson Prize in Physiology

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Katherine (Kate) Watson received her Ph.D. in molecular and cellular integrative physiology in 2014; she will receive her DVM in 2016.

March 2014

Congratulations to Katherine (Kate) Watson on receiving the 2014 Loren D. Carlson Prize in Physiology! The award is the highest honor that the Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology (MCIP) Graduate Group bestows upon a graduate student who demonstrates superior scholarly achievement and promise for teaching and research in physiology.

Watson managed research labs for both the Department of Surgery at UCDMC and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis after receiving her B.S. in Neurology, Physiology and Behavior from UC Davis.  In 2014 she received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Integrative Physiology as part of the Veterinary Scientist Training Program (VSTP) that enables students at the School of Veterinary Medicine to graduate with dual DVM and PhD degrees. She is scheduled to graduate from veterinary school in 2016.

“My focus as a veterinary scientist training fellow is to engineer solutions that promote non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to advance both animal and human health,” Watson said. “By having a foothold in both research and medicine, I hope to enhance communication between physicians, veterinarians and researchers to improve global health initiatives.”   

As a graduate student in Katherine Ferrara’s lab, Watson’s work focused on the use of therapeutic ultrasound to induce mild hyperthermia and tissue ablation within solid tumors to enhance chemotherapeutic accumulation and efficacy.

Watson’s dedication to research is balanced by her commitment to family and community outreach. In addition to coaching/refereeing soccer for her twin 6 year-old boys, she founded the School of Veterinary Medicine Radiology Club to enhance the diagnostic skills of veterinary students, serves as SCAVMA Vice President, and is an advocate for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 

The award comes with a prize of $3,000, a certificate commemorating the Prize, and Watson’s name will be inscribed on the Carlson Prize plaque displayed in the Carlson Library. It will be announced at the Graduate Studies commencement in June.