Katharine Grugan received her doctorate in cell and molecular biology from Northwestern University in 2007. She has more than 17 years of biomedical research experience focused on oncology, immunology and the development of antibody therapeutics. Since 2011, she has been a scientist at Johnson and Johnson in their pharmaceutical division. She became passionate about the AS research field upon the diagnosis of her 10 month old daughter in 2011. Katharine resides outside of Philadelphia with her husband Kevin and three children.