Katrina Evans earned her Bachelors degree at California State University, Fullerton where she worked in Dr. Cuajungco’s lab studying transient receptor potential channels involved in lysosomal storage disease. After graduating, she earned her high school teaching credential at University of California, Irvine, and taught high school biology in Orange County for four years. Currently, a PhD student in the Lawson Lab, her research is focused on breast cancer brain metastasis (BCBM). The brain poses a challenge for both metastastatic seeding and treatment because it is protected by the blood brain barrier. Using experimental models of metastasis and the unique RNA expression signature of BCBM, she aims target specific pathways to prevent metastatic progression. Katrina is also interested in interactions between the immune cells and breast cancer metastasis. As an immune privileged organ, the the brain presents a unique environment to study these interactions.