Kat is the Alliances & Partnerships Manager for Illumina.
She grew up on the island of Kauai, and received a scholarship from a local Rotary club that helped fund her college education.
She completed her undergraduate at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa, her Masters in Engineering at Cornell and her Ph.D. in Biology at Salk/UCSD.
Kat is passionate about STEM education and supporting underserved communities. She enjoys Polynesian dancing, loves to surf and is an avid traveler.
Divya Kakaiya, Duke Sobek and Doug Arbon were her sponsors.