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Kate Rochlin, PhD ’14

Kate Rochlin


A native of Milton, Massachusetts, Kate Rochlin grew up reading medical and science mystery novels along with biographies of famous female scientists such as Rosalind Franklin and Marie Curie. Her passion for science was fostered by her father, a high school biology teacher who took her to science museums and designed experiments for her.

She followed her love of science and sought a PhD in developmental biology (as part of the BCMB Allied Program) at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGS). “I looked at many PhD programs all over the country, but from the moment I arrived at Weill Cornell I really felt at home, both at the graduate school and in New York City,” she said.

Kate remained in New York City after graduating in 2014, and began working in early-stage entrepreneurship.

What is your greatest takeaway as a graduate student at WCGS?

I really learned to think for myself and define my own path with science. WCGS helped me realize how many wonderful and diverse things you can do with a PhD. I also met some amazing people along the way and will always be grateful for their support and friendship.


What are your favorite memories of your time here as a graduate student?

I always loved the program retreats where we presented our work at seminars and poster sessions by day, and had dance parties with faculty and students by night! I also really enjoyed living in New York City. From concerts to sports and plays, there was always something to do (and sometimes even reduced-cost tickets available through the graduate school!).


What is your current position? Also, please describe a typical day at work.

I am the director of scientific affairs at Filament BioSolutions and I facilitate business development at Biotagenics. The exciting part of entrepreneurship is that you’re involved in a full spectrum of activities to develop a new therapeutic or diagnostic, and you’re able to see how your work can help advance a company.


How did Weill Cornell Medicine prepare you for this position?

My work and personal connections at Weill Cornell paved the way to my success. The critical thinking and scientific rigor I was taught are important in my work as a developer of novel therapeutics and products. Weill Cornell also fostered my love of innovation and entrepreneurship through initiatives such as the Dean’s Entrepreneurship Lab, the Bench to Bedside program, and workshops and internships in Weill Cornell’s Technology Transfer office.


Do you have any parting words to share with today’s WCGS graduate students?

Remember to always follow your passion. There are so many roads that can be taken with science and what you learn at Weill Cornell, but never settle for anything less than something you love.