After graduating from Bishop Kearney, Catherine attended Fordham University in the Bronx where she obtained her B.S. in Biology in 1996. Catherine spent the following year at the University of Oxford on a Fulbright Fellowship, studying the role of the immune system in multiple sclerosis. Catherine continued similar work in Boston at Harvard University for her Ph.D. in immunology, which she obtained in 2004. Catherine went on to do a short postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco, after which she spent 5 years at the University of Bristol in England, pursuing further studies on the immune system with funding from the UK Multiple Sclerosis Society. Catherine returned to the US and Boston in 2012; she was the first employee at a biotech startup (CoStim Pharmaceuticals) studying cancer immunotherapy. CoStim was acquired by Novartis in February 2014, and Catherine has continued there as a Senior Investigator bringing cancer therapeutic treatments forward to the clinic. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband Jamie, an attending anesthesiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, and their two children, four year old JJ, and Niamh, who will be 1 in November!