Katie Bezold.Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Undergraduate Institution: Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

Throughout my undergraduate career at Xavier University, I was fortunate in that I was able to participate in different areas of research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital on several occasions under the guidance of Molecular and Developmental Biology faculty members. The collaborative and innovative research found here, at Cincinnati Children’s, and the dedication of the MDB Program to the success of all students sets unparalleled standards for graduate programs.

My research interests include understanding the molecular mechanisms of parturition, primarily with regards to human genetics. We’ve discovered a novel candidate gene that may be involved in preterm birth and are currently working to dissect its function in pregnancy.

I decided on the MDB Program because I was able to choose from a wide variety of research areas and the faculty and students are very friendly and helpful. I’ve been able to cultivate both professional and personal relationships with my peers and the faculty—an invaluable resource for not individual and career development.


Bezold KY, Karjalainen MK, Hallman M, Teramo K, Muglia LJ. The genomics of preterm birth: from animal models to human studies. Genome Med. 2013 Apr 29;5(4):34. PMID: 23673148

Stefater JA 3rd, Rao S, Bezold K, Aplin AC, Nicosia RF, Pollard JW, Ferrara N, Lang RA. Macrophage Wnt-Calcineurin-Flt1 signaling regulates mouse wound angiogenesis and repair. Blood. 2013 Mar 28;121(13)2574-8. PMID: 23303818