Katherine Frato

Meet our faculty: Katie Frato / Recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award

Dr. Frato's research group is broadly interested in understanding how proteins work, especially proteins in diatoms. We employ our favorite techniques of protein film electrochemistry, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence, computational modeling, and bioinformatics, and are always learning new techniques to help us answer biochemical questions. Dr. Frato's teaching interests are general chemistry and biochemistry. Dr. Frato is particularly focused on integrating research into undergraduate coursework, especially through a research-intensive version of General Chemistry III.

My wet lab research at Seattle U gave me the science 'bug.' I knew after working with my hands in the lab and doing real research that I wanted to continue down that path. I credit my research experience as an undergraduate with my decision to get my PhD and ultimately pursue a career in chemistry. Currently, I use this knowledge working as a researcher at IBM formulating new chemistries for plastics, plastics recycling, and advanced computing.

Jeannette M. Garcia, PhD, '06 Research Staff Member, IBM Almaden Research Center
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