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Ford, Kathryne

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
603 Wilson Rd., Room 209A
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-8964




Kati Ford is a second-year Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Ph.D. student working in the Biochemistry department. Inspired by biotechnology and environmentalism, she focuses her work in the TerAvest lab on engineering a chassis for developing biofuels from carbon dioxide. She studies electrosynthesis in bioreactor systems with Shewanella oneidensis and investigates the metabolic requirements of natural carbon fixation within this organism. Kati earned her B.S. in Environmental Microbiology with an emphasis in Environmental Sustainability from Michigan State University. While in her undergrad, Kati studied natural and abiotic carbon fixation in serpentinizing ecosystems, elucidating the complex biological and geochemical networks present in these sites. While in school, she developed strong communication skills and was chosen to travel around the country organizing environmental campaigns for the non-profit Clean Water Action. She also performed research optimizing carbon sequestration in agricultural systems at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. She is passionate about environmentalism and policy, and her work has included promoting science-based policy with Science Debate, mentoring aspiring women researchers through GWIS, and organizing for MSU GEU.



Pediatric Research Day: Poster Presentation – Ntn1 and its role in cleft palate formation. Ford K., Schutte, B.

Central U.S. Synthetic Biology Workshop: Poster Presentation - Carbon Engineering electrosynthesis in Shewanella. Ford K., TerAvest M