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Alumni Spotlight: Katharine Bancroft

  • January 12, 2020

Katharine Bancroft is a physics major at Haverford College. While she has always had an interest in biology, her true passion is studying soft matter as with a focus on applications. Her long term goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in physics and innovative work in a field such as prosthetic design or battery development.

In an effort to broaden her research skills, Katharine spent the summer of 2019 working in the laboratory of Dr. Hermann Haller at the MDI Biological Laboratory. Her project was focused around understanding the effects of aging cells, known as senescent cells, on healthy organs in zebrafish larvae. She found that stepping out of her academic environment and into a working research laboratory significantly enriched her undergraduate academic and research experience. 

I really appreciate the support I received at MDIBL and the opportunity to interact with a peer group from different schools with different experiences. It was a great opportunity to see what my future may look like.

Katharine Bancroft
Haverford College ’20

“I loved meeting and working with a variety of biologists and physicians and gaining wet lab experience,” said Katharine. “The opportunity to work with animal models to study a disease process like aging was something I wouldn’t normally get to do in physics. I really appreciate MDIBL’s interdisciplinary approach to biomedical research and in solving complex problems.” 

“This was my first research experience outside of Haverford and I really appreciate the support I received at MDIBL, particularly the opportunity to interact with a peer group from different backgrounds with different experiences. It was a great opportunity to see what my future may look like.”


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