Derek is originally from the Seattle area. He received his BS and MS degrees in Marine Biology and Oceanography from Texas A&M University, and a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Texas, before returning to Seattle to complete his MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. He has been a part of the Kratz lab since 2008. Derek enjoys hiking and backpacking in the Cascades, is known to run on occasion, and otherwise is perfecting the art of being a parent and spouse.
Gail received her BS in Nutrition from Eastern Washington University. After working for 10 years in clinical nutrition in the Seattle area, she completed a Master’s degree in Nutrition with a Research Emphasis at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. She has worked for Dr. Kratz since 2009 managing several of his nutritional intervention studies. Gail is an avid runner, yoga student and Nordic skier when she is not spending time with her husband and three kids.
Ilona has been a member of the Kratz lab for the past 7 years. She is originally from Germany where she received her Masters and PhD in Nutritional Science. During her time at the Hutch, she has worked with Dr. Kratz on six different intervention studies. In her spare time, she loves to juggle family, friends, running, and tennis. Ilona will leave the lab in July 2016 as her husband’s job will take them to the east coast. She will be missed immensely!
Katty is a second-year Master’s student in Nutrition at the University of Washington. She was born in Taiwan, raised in Malaysia and came to the US to pursue her Bachelor’s degree. In 2012, she graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology. After working in a lab for 2 years, Katty came to UW for graduate school. In her spare time, Katty trains UW students in Taekwondo and she holds a silver medal from the first World Yongmudo Championship held in Korea in 2013!
Jessica carried out her dissertation research in the Kratz lab and completed her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Washington in April 2016. She holds a Masters degree in Exercise Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University and completed her dietetics training in Houston, Texas. Jessica is a PNW convert and loves any and all outdoor activities involving mountains, rocks, snow, and water.
Maggie joined the Kratz lab in 2015 after completion of her PhD in Nutritional Sciences and postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maggie’s broad research interests are in understanding the development of metabolic dysfunction that underlies metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and fatty liver disease.
Kelsey is originally from Bellevue, WA and received her BA in Biology from Scripps College in Claremont, CA. Currently, Kelsey is working towards her PhD in Nutritional Science at the University of Washington, while conducting her dissertation research at Fred Hutch. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys hiking, exploring new places, swinging on the trapeze, scuba diving and supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.