Katy Van Hook

Hi, I am Katy Van Hook and I started the PMCB program at OHSU in the fall of 2006.  I’m a Montana native and while I miss the sun and the snow I have adjusted nicely to the Pacific Northwest.  I am slowly but surely working on my degree which will technically be in Cell and Developmental Biology but the primary focus of my research is basic cancer pathways and the epic battle between good (tumor suppressors) and evil (oncogenes).

My life plan is definitely still a work in progress but in the meantime I have a fabulous group of friends to keep me company during the long grey winter here in Portland.  We take full advantage of the endless supply of local beer and fabulous food in the area.  Apart from school I enjoy cooking, spending time with friends, reading, and holding my couch down.  My current life goal is to be able to someday finally answer people when they ask, “So when are you going to be done?”

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  1. Dear Katy,

    I learned of you last week, while searching for information on your OHSU graduate program, and would like to invite you to consider St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for a Postdoctoral Fellowship. I am a long-time friend of Brian Druker and Grover Bagby, and know the qality of your graduate program. If you have not chosen a place for your Postdoctoral Fellowship, I would like to suggest St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. We have an active Postdoctoral Recruitment Program, in which you may be invited to interivew with several faculty upon expressed faculty interest in you. We have outstanding research core facilities for many areas of biomedical research, and a major focus is pediatric cancers. The research environment is highly collaborative. I always say our postdoctoral population is a community, not just a bunch of fellows working in labs. Some faculty do not post open Postdoctoral Fellowships, so best to allow us to circulate your CV to faculty we think may be of interest to you. I would be happy to receive your CV, and circulate to appropriate faculty.

    Carl W. Jackson, Ph.D.
    Associate Director of Academic Programs
    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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