Emilee N. Kotnik, BS

Emilee N. Kotnik, BS

Graduate Student
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri

Abstract 990. Functional genomic screen of kinases in high-grade serous ovarian cancer metastasis. 

What are your long-term goals?

I’m interested in becoming an independent scientist and improving cancer treatments to improve patient survival. More specifically, I’m interested in studying the 3D genomes of tumors and the role chromatin structure has in cancer metastasis. I have also explored careers in science policy, communication, and advocacy through student group work. In my future career, I plan to continue to be involved in science policy and advocacy, because I believe more scientists should contribute to evidence-based policies.

Please share information about how the pandemic has impacted your research over the last two years. 

The pandemic has definitely delayed timelines and experiments over the last two years. Since I am immune-compromised, I worked from home for several months and my lab worked in shifts for months to limit contact on campus. These circumstances delayed several experiments and months of troubleshooting assays since I was not physically in the lab. Since returning to the lab, delays in the supply chain have limited some of the commonly used supplies in the lab, again limiting some experiments. I think the pandemic has also extended the timelines for publications since it took several more months than I would expect to get reviews back from journals on manuscripts.