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Katherine R. Calvo


Katherine, a Senior Research Physician and Director of Automated Hematology at the National Institutes of Health, is perhaps best known for her group’s discovery of the disease known as VEXAS – a condition caused by somatic mutations in the UBA1 gene. Her interests stay close to the fold – when asked what she would be if not a pathologist, she says, “I would probably be a hematologist/oncologist.” So why did she choose pathology? “I thought pathology was a great specialty for translational research, bridging advances in bench research on mechanisms of disease with patient diagnostics and, ultimately, therapeutics.”


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