Kristen Hatcher is a third-year part time student at Cleveland-Marshall. She graduated with Dean's and President's honours [this is like magna cum laude, but they don't call it that] from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada with a bachelor of science in biochemistry. While at Trent, Kristen worked as a summer research assistant for Dr. Howard Baylis in the department of zoology at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, where she worked on inverterbrate cell signaling. She also participated in the summer undergraduate research program in the department of physiology and biophysics at Case Western Reserve University. Kristen also holds a doctor of philosophy degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her dissertation work on the prion protein, the infectious agent responsible for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease). Kristen has participated extensively in Cleveland-Marshall's pro bono program, and spent last summer working in the Fair Housing Clinic. Currently, Kristen works as a research assistant in the Cleveland-Marshall Law Library.