Catherine Armbruster, MPH
I am a graduate student in the UW Microbiology Department. I am inspired by research that elucidates the intricate molecular processes and environmental factors that govern the population-level behavior of microbes. After completing a master's degree in public health at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, I spent a few years as a researcher in the Biofilm Lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. At CDC, the focus of my research was the construction of a multi-species drinking water biofilm model, which I used to explore several research questions that are directly applicable to controlling healthcare-associated infections. Now, as a graduate student co-mentored by Luke Hoffman and Matthew Parsek at UW, I am continuing to study bacterial sociality in polymicrobial biofilms, with relevance to the cystic fibrosis lung environment and other systems. When Iím not in the lab, I enjoy cultivating edible mushrooms as the Fungi Committee Coordinator of the student-run UW Farm, exploring Seattle through street art, and constantly being in awe of and motivated by my community of talented friends.