Katie Bodner Spielberg, PhD

2015 Hertz Fellow
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Katie Bodner Spielberg is a Senior Associate at 5AM Ventures, a company pursuing investments in advanced life science innovations

Katie’s previous research spanned applying synthetic biology to cancer diagnostics, HIV vaccination, muscular dystrophy and biologics pharmaceutical production resulting in a publication and patent. She co-founded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s first biotechnology student initiative. Katie’s work on bringing DNA computing to mammalian cells led to a gold medal for MIT’s iGEM team, a global undergraduate competition in synthetic biology.

As an Amgen Scholar, Katie developed a programmable, RNA platform for use as a vaccine for HIV and a therapeutic for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. She won the U.S. Biologics Technical Development Outstanding Student Award and interned at Genentech.

As a Hertz-Draper PhD student in bioengineering at Stanford, Katie focused on applying systems biology to improve drug development.

"I want to tackle problems relating to drug resistance in cancer—specifically, how the cell environment surrounding a tumor can influence how that tumor develops resistance to treatment. I want to understand all of these interactions, and then engineer better therapeutics.”
– Katie Bodner Spielberg

Graduate Studies

Stanford University

Undergraduate Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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