Kristine completed both a BS in Molecular Genetics and a BA in English with a concentration in Theater at the University of Rochester in 2009, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Kristineimmediately began PhD graduate training in Pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, defending her dissertation in 2014. Her dissertation focused on protein degradation pathways in cardiac and skeletal muscle diseases and was funded by a predoctoral grant awarded by the American Heart Association. Kristine received predoctoral trainee travel grants from both the American Society for Investigative Pathology and American Physiological Society to present her dissertation work at national meetings. Recently, her study of thyroid hormone signaling in cardiac growth was awarded a Journal Award by the Society for Endocrinology for being one of the five best papers published by its journals in 2016.
Being a first-generation student, Kristine is dedicated to community outreach. Especially in teaching young students with similar backgrounds about opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In March 2017, Kristine was awarded a mentorship award by the Western New York STEM Hub, a non-profit organization dedicated to K-12 STEM education.