Dr. Kathryn L. Bailey is a Research Microbiologist with Coskata, Inc., Warrenville, IL, working in the Fermentation Development Group. Prior to her present position, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the U. S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, TN, characterizing the microbial communities of soil and groundwater. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Albany State University (Albany, GA), M.S. in Marine Science and Ph.D. in Engineering Science (Environmental Engineering) from the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL). As a doctoral student, Dr. Bailey participated in graduate internships with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) and Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL). Her research has been published in Environmental Science & Technology, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, and Current Microbiology.
Dr. Bailey’s awards include the NSF Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Minority Graduate Scholarship, USF Diverse Student Success Fellowship, NSF S-STEM scholar, GEM Fellowship, Georgia HOPE Scholar, Ronald McNair Scholar, NSF HBCU-UP Scholar, and Dean’s List Scholar. She holds membership in Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society, American Society of Microbiology (ASM), Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Dr. Bailey has participated in STEM outreach as a mentor, judge of poster competitions (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students), graduate student ambassador, invited speaker and panelist.