Dr. Lontok joined the American Society for Microbiology as the Public Outreach Manager in January 2016. At ASM, she works to bring the microbial sciences to adult and youth audiences, as well as enable ASM members to effectively engage in their own public outreach. Prior to ASM, Katherine was the Educational Programs Manager at the American Society of Human Genetics where she focused on supporting the professional development of ASHG's early-career scientists. Katherine became involved in science education while volunteering as a classroom scientist for the Science and Health Education Partnership in San Francisco Public Schools. Dr. Lontok earned a B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco in 2010. During her graduate career, she was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.