I’m originally from Harrisburg Pennsylvania and I attended Dover Area High School where I learned to love chemistry from my high school teacher, Mrs. Bertha Spahr. I continued to study chemistry in the rich liberal arts tradition among the civil war battlegrounds at Gettysburg College (BS 2004). During visits to graduate schools, I discovered a nurturing, friendly, and interdisciplinary environment at Duke University and decided to pursue my Ph.D. there with Dr. Katherine Franz as my mentor. I began graduate school as an organic chemist in the Integrated Graduate Research Training (IGERT) program and earned a certificate from the Pratt School of Engineering’s Center for Biologically Inspired Materials and Materials Systems (CBIMMS). Through interdisciplinary training, I quickly became fascinated with bioinorganic chemistry and the roles that metal ions play in biological systems. At Duke, I took classes in chemistry, engineering, education, learned middle-eastern dance, ran my first marathon, and found lifelong friends (including my husband, Dr. Jim Parise). After graduating with my Ph.D. in 2010, I joined the laboratory of Toxicology and Pharmacology at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Science to study metabolomics of cadmium toxicity under a chemist-turned-geneticist, Dr. Jonathan Freedman.
I began my faculty position at Saint Mary’s College in 2012. My research interests are in bioinorganic chemistry, and my expertise is in human copper homeostasis and in using model peptides as tools toward understanding metal-protein interactions.
I am passionate about undergraduate research as a tool for teaching chemistry. Additionally, I am interested in technology-enhanced teaching, development of interactive upper-division courses and development of interdisciplinary lower-division courses that spark student interest in STEM.
Kathryn L. Haas, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry & Physics
172 Science Hall
Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Email: khaas AT saintmarys.edu