A lifelong lover of board games, Catherine earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia after graduating with her B.S. in Biology from Duke University. She then performed eight years of neuroscience research, with five years at the National Institutes of Health and three years at MindSpec. Her research focused on the formation of synapses and their role in neurodevelopmental disorders, specializing in autism.
Throughout her scientific career, she actively participated in science outreach and developed a passion for transforming science education. In 2015, she decided to combine her passion for games with her science expertise in order to co-found Catlilli Games. Catlilli is a tabletop STEM game company that utilizes fun mechanics to excite children about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. As the mother of two young children, Catherine understands the importance of exposing kids to STEM topics early and is thrilled to see them engage with complex topics in a fun, simple way. She also teaches Biology at Fauquier High School.