Dr. Kate S. – Bioengineering and Biotechnology Technical and Grant Editor and Writer
Dr. Kate S. is an accomplished grant editor and writer, specializing in academic grants as well as scientific publications and technical presentations. At ScienceDocs, she helps academics and small businesses convert complex ideas to plain language to write compelling grant proposals and journal articles. Dr. Kate S. is also an experienced researcher, teacher, and presenter. She enjoys copy-editing and crafting technical presentations and pitch decks.
- Technical Writing and Scientific Publications (available for peer review)
- Grant Editor and Writer (NSF/NIH; private/foundation funding)
- Data Analysis and Presentation
- Academic Course Materials and Presentations (STEM fields)
- Illustrations and Figures
- Slide Deck Preparation and Review (road shows, technical)
- Copy-Editing and Proofreading
Prior to joining ScienceDocs as a Grant Editor and Writer, Dr. Kate S. served as a tenured professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Oregon State University. While at OSU, she wrote a successful NSF CBET CAREER proposal and collaborated on several multi-PI Federal and private foundation awards, with her share totaling over $1.5M. She currently works as a freelance writer specializing in grant proposals and research publications. She serves as a technical advisor to a biotech start-up company, and she is on the board of a non-profit focused on disability equity. She has served on multiple review panels for the NSF PFI-TT:AIR program and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, and she has extensive experience writing peer reviews for refereed journals.
Dr. Kate S. holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Biochemistry, and a B.S. in Food Science and Technology with minors in Chemistry and Computer Science, both from OSU. Her dissertation and post-doctoral work focused on modification of materials used in biomedical devices (e.g., stainless steel or polycarbonate) to protect them against protein adsorption and make them biocompatible. She also tailored surface chemistry for immobilization of enzymes, proteins, hydrogels, cells, and surfactants. Dr. Kate S. studied protein-material interactions using various surface analysis techniques including XPS, TOF-SIMS, contact angle, and AFM.
As an undergraduate, Dr. Kate S. demonstrated a phylogenetic relationship of Salmonella serovars to source animals, brewed gluten-free beers at pilot-plant scale using hand-malted sorghum, and performed sensory and microbiological studies of raisins as a potential replacement for nitirites in processed beef jerky.
Dr. Kate S.’s research program at OSU focused on engineered bioactive and biocompatible molecular coatings. Her group used genetic code expansion (GCE) to express viral cell-binding proteins and hyper-thermophilic fungal enzymes modified with non-canonical amino acids (ncAAs). They then used surface-initiated atom-transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) to grow protein-repulsive, pendent polymer brush layers directly on material surfaces. The ncAA-containing target proteins are immobilized by a highly specific “click” reaction with the ends of the pendent polymer chains, while other proteins and cell debris are repelled. This selectivity can eliminate expensive upstream protein purification processes, while imparting desired biological activity at the material surface.
Dr. Kate S. has experience with a variety of microfluidic bioreactor designs and surface chemistries. She was the first to demonstrate reversible (disulfide) immobilization of enzymes onto silica nanosprings patterned in a microfluidic channel. She is a co-inventor of microfluidic bioreactors with encapsulated live bacteria to convert methane gas to liquid methanol for fuel. Her group developed pathogen-binding and biocompatible surface coatings for multi-layer polymer microchannel devices designed for blood-processing for hemodialysis and endotoxin removal for sepsis treatment.
Grant awards of Kate’s have included NSF Career, NSF PFI, NIH R21, ARPA-e, Murdock Foundation, OHSU MRF and various OSU internal awards.
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