This week’s Badass Chick is Dr. Katy Stephenson, an infectious disease doctor at Beth Israel Deaconess who is developing a vaccine for HIV/AIDS.
Katy’s story is pretty unique in that she didn’t grow up simply loving only the sciences; she attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School for performing arts (yes, the same place where people like Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Aniston studied) and concentrated on classical music. After graduation, Katy decided she wanted to study medicine and began taking pre-med classes. Those classed turned out to be more than she bargained for, and ended up dropping out of pre-med and switching to anthropology in her first year.
Each summer at home during college, Katy spent her time volunteering for the Birch Family Camp for families living with HIV/AIDS. Little did she know it, but those summers ended up sticking with her forever. After doing a few other jobs post-graduation, she listened to her gut and began studying medicine. She eventually studied infectious diseases at Harvard and, in addition to seeing patients, is working tirelessly to develop this vaccine, which is so important to her. During her summers volunteering at the camp, Katy witness first-hand how a scientific advance could revolutionize treatment: kids who were told they had very little chance of living got healthier and to this day are still alive. Katy is now spending her time studying the disease in hopes of creating or being a part of another scientific breakthrough.
Katy’s decision to follow her passion and work non-stop to find a prevention for this deadly disease, on top of balancing being a mom to two boys, shows how much of a Badass Chick she really is!
Katy is currently looking for volunteers to participate in her studies, so check it out here if you’re interested!
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