Catherine Sherman

Hometown:  North Smithfield, RI (US)

Languages Spoken:  English

Degree and Institution:  Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology; Bachelor of Science in Biology & Biotechnology (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)


Previous Work Experience: Protein Science and Bioinformatics Intern at Monsanto; Peer Learning Assistant at WPI; 2017 WPI iGEM Team Member; Moss Fungal Interactions Major Qualifying Project at WPI; Evaluation of School Libraries Interactive Qualifying Project at IIT Mandi, India

Academic Track:  Health Data Sciences

Career Track: Data Science

Career Interests:  I'm interested in what machine learning can bring to biology, and how research can be optimized. I want to know what can be learned from further processing previously collected data

Favorite Algorithm and/or gen:  Quicksort and Sonic Hedgehog Gene (SSH)

Technical Expertise: Python, JavaScript, MATLAB, SQL, Java, R, C, C++; Mammalian cell culture, PCR/qPCR, Transformation into Expression Hosts, DNA extraction & purification, Lab Automation, Assay Development, Protein Expression, Inoculation, and Harvest

Awards: WPI Provost Award for my Major Qualifying Project; WPI Salisbury Prize

Publictions:  Galotto, G. Sanchez, I., Sherman, C., Liu, B., Gonzalez-Guerrero, M., & Vidali, L. (2020). Chitin Triggers Calcium-mediated Immune Response in the Plant Model Physcomitrella patens. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions.

My favorite scientist:  Rosalind Franklin

My favorite research paper:  McKinney, S.M., Sieniek, M., Godbole, V. et al. International evaluation of an AI system for breast cancer screening. Nature 577, 89–94 (2020).

Extracurricular Activities:  Running, cooking and yoga


Why QBS?.  I chose QBS to be able to combine my interest in computer science with my passion for biology. I want to be able to use math and computer science to accelerate biology research..

QBS MS Experience

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Life at Dartmouth:

--When I am not in lab/school, I’m adventuring outdoors.