Katriona Guthrie-Honea is 17 and a junior in the accelerated International Baccalaureate program at Ingraham High School in Seattle, Washington. She is the founding co-director of HiveBio Community Lab with Bergen McMurray. This community-owned biology lab will bring the fun of biology to the NW community. She also works on new age diagnostics. She worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the gene-targeting lab of Barry Stoddard, and the Maves lab in the Seattle Children’s Research Institute
She grew up playing with optic lenses as well as Playmobil™. She began her career in biotechnology last year at age 15. She hates waiting – whether in the line at a vintage clothing sale or to turn 16 to work at a lab. This led her to teach herself complex biology, using Wikipedia to translate journal articles gathered from local University libraries.
Her passion and motivation led her to work over 300 hours for her first ever biotech project, and win the grand prize in the highly competitive Northwest Association of Biomedical Research molecular modeling expo category. She was later a Thiel Fellowship finalist.
She takes pride in breaking stereotypes – cruising the isles of the hardware store in 4-inch heels, and listening to TED talks while cooking. She loves biotechnology, and believes in its power to help transform the world.