Thursday, February 28, 2019

In the Spotlight is an initiative to celebrate the incredibly talented people and teams within the college and to facilitate awareness and understanding of the unique individuals who make up the pharmacy family. This month, we learn about Kathryn Dorsey, research manager in Health Sciences Research/Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science.

In the Spotlight: Kathryn Dorsey

Tell us about your role.

I am a research manager for Korey Kennelty’s grant projects, including an R01 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). I coordinate subawards, write annual reports, manage finances, help complete new grant submissions, and do whatever else I can to keep operations running smoothly.

What field of work did you begin in?

I started working as a kid on my family’s farm outside of Iowa City. As a teenager, I also worked at a local horse farm in exchange for riding lessons.

What made you chose this field of work?

I like working on grant projects because they involve people pursuing their passion. No one goes through the process of writing a grant for a project that they don’t really care about. Grants support important research and other work that people pursue to help improve health and other big parts of life.

Tell us about your personal photo.

The picture is of myself and my two children at the Johnson County Fair. We have on ear protection because we were watching the truck and tractor pull.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the winter?

My children love snow. I love snow because it inspires my children to leave the house and play outside. I truly enjoy sledding with them. Not only do we have fun together, but I get a good workout, too!

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I would continue working at my job part time, take my kids on more trips, workout with a personal trainer, and spend more time riding horses. I would also increase the time I spend doing therapy dog visits with my corgi at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and my kids’ school.

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

Photographs. I love making scrapbooks and using photographs to document my family’s history.

This "In the Spotlight" has been brought to you by the UI College of Pharmacy Staff Council.