Katherine J. Wu is a biologist, science communicator, and digital editor at NOVA at WGBH in Boston. She is an unabashedly diehard Californian and graduate of Stanford University’s biology and creative writing programs. In 2018, she earned a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences from Harvard University, where she worked in the lab of Dr. Eric Rubin studying how bacteria deal with stress so that she might one day learn to do the same.
At Harvard, she served as Co-Director of Science in the News (SITN), a graduate student organization dedicated to making cutting-edge science accessible to the general public and training student scientists to better communicate their work, and Curriculum Director of the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP), an outreach program that mentors underserved and minority high school students from the greater Boston area. In 2017, she joined the Boston branch of the Story Collider, a nonprofit organization dedicated to telling true, personal stories about science, as a producer. Most recently, she served as a 2018 AAAS Mass Media Fellow at Smithsonian magazine in Washington, DC. In her spare time, she serves as a heat-generating pillow for her cats and continues her quest to find the authentic tacos east of the Mississippi.