February 3, 2022

Katie Willard – MGM Graduate Student

I am from Atlanta and attended the University of Georgia for undergrad where I received bachelors of science degrees in genetics and microbiology. After undergrad, I remained at UGA as a research technician in Melinda Brindley’s lab where I worked on Zika and lassa viruses. I decided to stay in the virology field and began graduate school in the Duke MGM program in 2018. I eventually joined the Luftig Lab to study diverse EBV strains and their viral phenotypes.

Outside of lab, I like hanging out with my pets as well as hiking, camping, and gardening. During football season, I enjoy making my friends cheer on the Dawgs with me. I also spend a lot of time on more artistic projects like pottery, crochet, and other crafts.