Name: Catherine (Catie) Wram
Hometown: Ankeny, Iowa
Major and graduation date: Microbiology and Genetics, May 2016
Favorite ISU class: MICRO 477 – Bacterial-Plant Interactions; MICRO 430 – Prokaryotic Diversity and Ecology
Job Title & Company: Graduate Research Assistant at Oregon State University and USDA Horticultural Crop Research Unit, Corvallis, Oregon
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: As a graduate research assistant my major responsibilities are to conduct my own research for my PhD dissertation and assist others in the lab with their research projects; including visiting field sites, sampling for nematodes, and harvesting grapes for field trials. I am also the president of the graduate students in my department so I am responsible for coordinating visiting speakers for department seminar, facilitating professional development opportunities and social activities for my fellow students.
What you like most about your job/position? I love that my job includes doing innovative molecular biology, visiting vineyards in eastern Washington, and playing in the dirt!
What advice would you give to current students pursuing a career in Agriculture and Life Sciences? Don’t be afraid to explore outside your own field! I use the skills and knowledge I learned in microbiology classes in my research about plant parasitic nematodes everyday – something I never thought I would be interested in studying, but have found it to be very fulfilling.