2022 URCAD Alumni Keynote Speaker

Three quarter portrait of Kaitlyn

Dr. Kaitlyn Sadtler, ’11, Biological Sciences

NIH Scientist in Immuno-Engineering

Dr. Kaitlyn Sadtler’s Keynote Address,
introduction by UMBC President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

Dr. Sadtler’s Bio:

Dr. Kaitlyn Sadtler is a scientist and Chief of the Section on Immuno-Engineering at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She began her lab at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering after a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Chemical Engineering working on the molecular mechanisms of immune activation in the foreign body response. There, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship grant for her work on immunology and tissue engineering. She completed her Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she showed a critical role for Th2-T cells in biomaterial-mediated muscle regeneration. Her research has been published in journals such as Science, Nature Methods, Nature Communications, and Science Translational Medicine. She was recognized as a TED Fellow and delivered a TED talk that was listed as one of the top-viewed talks of 2018. Dr. Sadtler has been selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Science, the MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35, and the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering program. She received the 2021 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for her work on SARS-CoV-2 Antibody testing, and a Special Pandemic Response Recognition from her undergraduate institution, UMBC. Dr. Sadtler finished her Bachelor’s summa cum laude and was recognized as an Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Biological Sciences. During her time at UMBC she was a tutor in general and organic chemistry at the Chemistry Tutorial Center, a member of the Women’s Rugby team, and participated in both 2010 URCAD and 2011 URCAD events.