Meet Our New Research Team Member Kat LeTran

Jan 11, 2022 | Faculty Spotlight, House Institute Foundation


Kat celebrating the Vietnamese New Year

Kathley “Kat” LeTran joins the team as a clinical research coordinator (CRC) for the rare genetic disorder Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). In this role, Kat will assist with the NF2 Natural History Study, Tissue Bank, and partnered proteomic and genomic research with the University of Connecticut, George Mason, and Jackson Labs. Kat will also take an administrative lead in supporting the development and growth of the NF2 Research Center. As a CRC, Kat will provide regulatory, recruitment, data collection, and other logistical support to the NF2 Research Center. 

Kat and her little, old dog Bing.

Kat graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and an honors thesis on using a Support Vector Machine (SVM) algorithm to interpret Electroencephalogram (EEG) data. Previously, she worked at the UC Davis MIND Institute as a CRC on an NIH-funded study investigating the risk and protective factors associated with psychosis for individuals living with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Kat also worked at the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab for two years while researching neural mechanisms of language comprehension. Her ongoing professional interests involve the medical research pathway, especially studying genetic disorders involving the nervous system and the biopsychosocial factors of major psychiatric disorders.  

Kat recently moved to Los Angeles from Sacramento where she established a free, community fridge for the unhoused so that they could have 24/7 access to fresh food and supplies. It’s a project she hopes to continue in the LA area. Recently, Kat has taken up figure skating lessons as a new year’s resolution and hopes she’ll learn how to skate backward on the ice one day! She also enjoys hiking, playing piano, and spending quality time with her dogs in the sunshine.  

Please join us in warmly welcoming Kat!

Kat in front of the community fridge she established in Sacramento.