Katelyn started her science career with her undergraduate studies and research in biology at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. She then pursued her master’s degree in biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she studied honeybee genomics. Katelyn stayed at UNCG where she saw the light in how awesome viruses are and completed her PhD dissertation focusing on Epstein-Barr virus and pesticide interactions in 2019. Katelyn has been postdoc here since October 2019 focusing on virus-host interactions of EV-D68.Her current project in the lab investigates the role of the host protein SNAP23 in EV-D68 replication. We initially hypothesized SNAP23 would be involved in viral egress since it is mostly associated with vesicle transport and membrane fusion. However, we now believe this protein is required for entry or early stages of viral replication. In her free time, Katelyn enjoys indoor rock climbing, trying out local eateries (she has a spreadsheet), and dry, dark humor of all varieties.