Greetings! My name is Kathy Lam and I am a Scientist working in the San Francisco Bay Area. My training is in microbiology and bacterial genetics in the context of the human gut microbiome. I did my Ph.D. with Trevor Charles at the University of Waterloo in Canada, and my postdoc with Peter Turnbaugh at the University of California, San Francisco. I am particularly interested in the development of engineered microbes for therapeutic uses in humans, and I currently work at Novome Biotechnologies, a start-up where the mission, pace, funding, teamwork, and accountability all contribute to a great environment in which to do science.
My philosophy is that life is for learning; I enjoy picking up new skills, learning from others, and thinking about things in new and different ways. Outside of the lab and office, I like to explore the beauty of the greater Bay Area as well as San Francisco proper, which I am fortunate to call home with my ever-awesome spouse and our pandemic cat. Though a late-comer to the activity, I especially enjoy biking and have grown to love the hills of San Francisco and the beauty of Marin County to the north.
This blog is an eclectic mix of things that I spontaneously want to write about, though most entries are science-related. I don’t write a lot, but that’s not due to lack of wanting to; alas, there just aren’t enough hours in the day for everything. Thanks for visiting!
Portrait photo courtesy of University of California, San Francisco
Photos of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge by Kathy Lam