Katrina Velle

Dr. Katrina Velle is a cell biologist interested in actin-driven phenotypes and microbial pathogenesis. She is actively investigating the contributions of the cytoskeleton to cell migration, cell division, and osmoregulation in Naegleria gruberi—a non-pathogenic model system for the “brain-eating amoeba.” Dr. Velle is a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Fritz-Laylin’s lab at the University of Massachusetts. She received her PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut in 2018. Her work has been supported by an NIH F32 fellowship (NIAID), and is currently funded by an NIH K99 Award (NIGMS). For more information, visit Dr. Velle’s website: katrinavelle.wixsite.com/science