Kathryn E. Oliver Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Kathryn Oliver completed her B.S. (2009; Zoology) and M.S. (2011; Microbiology) at Auburn University, followed by Ph.D. (2016; Genetics) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). At Auburn, Dr. Oliver's M.S. thesis encompassed the study of metabolically driven differences in virulence factor production among non-CF and CF-adapted isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. During her predoctoral studies at UAB's CF Research Center, Dr. Oliver was awarded an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship to investigate alterations in F508del-CFTR biogenesis following ribosomal perturbation in both cell culture systems and CF mice. Now in a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory, Dr. Oliver's work focuses on evaluating whether suppression of specific ribosomal proteins may serve as a novel therapeutic strategy for overcoming refractory CFTR variants from multiple disease sub-classes. She conducts basic studies regarding the impact of translational velocity on protein folding, maturation, and function - e.g. ribosome profiling coupled to RNA-sequencing and tRNA microarrays, in addition to biochemical assays measuring protein stability, plasma membrane density, short-circuit currents, etc. At the 2017 North American CF Conference, Dr. Oliver received the 'Junior Investigator Best Abstract in Basic Science' distinction (among ~150 international submissions). She is currently funded by a CF Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and Burroughs Wellcome Fund Collaborative Research Grant. As mother to a child with atypical CF, Dr. Oliver also passionately participates in civic outreach activities. While at UAB, she served as the CF Research Center's 'Team Leader' for the Alabama Chapter Great Strides walk (2014-2016), two-time Presenting Scholar for the community seminar series 'Discoveries In The Making', and President of Graduate Biomedical Student Outreach (2014-2016). For efforts such as these, she was awarded the 2016 UAB Community Impact Award, an honor given annually to an outstanding undergraduate, graduate, or professional student (including ~19,000 eligible candidates at the University). Furthermore, she was recognized as a national finalist for the Association of American Colleges & Universities 2017 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award. Since moving to Atlanta, Dr. Oliver has remained an active participant in community- and science-based outreach initiatives. She is a member of the CF Foundation's Georgia Chapter, specifically volunteering through the 'Wish for Wendy Softball Tournament' and 'Tomorrow's Leaders' mechanisms. Due to her strong passion for educating, equipping, and empowering the next generation of women in STEM, she also serves as Founder and President of the Association for Women in Science, Georgia Chapter.