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NASA Astronaut Portrait - Kathleen (Kate) Rubins
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Kathleen (Kate) Rubins NASA 2009 Astronaut Candidate 8" x 10" Full Colour Portrait

Kathleen (Kate) Rubins (Ph.D.)
NASA Astronaut Candidate

PERSONAL DATA: Born in 1978 in Farmington, Connecticut and raised in Napa, California, where her father Jim still resides. Her mother, Ann Hallisey resides in Davis, California. She enjoys running, cycling, swimming, flying, scuba diving and reading. Kate is married to Michael Magnani. Michael’s parents Ellen and Gil reside in Homewood, California.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Vintage High School in 1996, received a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego in 1999 and a PhD in Cancer Biology in 2005 from Stanford University Medical School Biochemistry Department and Microbiology and Immunology Department.

ORGANIZATIONS: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), American Society for Virology (ASV), RNA Society, Chi Omega, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

SPECIAL HONORS: National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (2000), Stanford Graduate Fellowship - Gabilan Fellow (2000), UCSD Emerging Leader of the Year (1998), Order of Omega Honor Society Scholarship Award (1998).

EXPERIENCE: Dr. Rubins conducted her undergraduate research on HIV-1 integration in the Infectious Diseases Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She analyzed on the mechanism of HIV integration, including several studies of HIV-1 Integrase inhibitors, and genome-wide analyses of HIV integration patterns into host genomic DNA. She obtained her Ph.D. from Stanford University and with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rubins and colleagues developed the first model of smallpox infection. She also developed a complete map of the poxvirus transcriptome, and studied virus-host interactions using both in vitro and animal model systems.

Dr. Rubins then accepted a Fellow/Principal Investigator position at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (MIT/Cambridge, Massachusetts) and headed a lab of 14 researchers, studying viral diseases which primarily affect Central and West Africa. She traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to conduct research and supervise study sites. Work in the Rubins Lab focused on poxviruses and host-pathogen interaction, as well as viral mechanisms for regulating host cell mRNA transcription, translation and decay. In addition, she conducted research on transcriptome and genome sequencing of filoviruses (Ebola and Marburg) and Arenaviruses (Lassa Fever), and collaborative projects with the U.S. Army to develop therapies for Ebola and Lassa virus. Dr. Rubins has published and presented her work in numerous papers at international scientific conferences and in scientific journals.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Rubins was selected in July 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. She is currently in Astronaut Candidate Training, which includes scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station (ISS) systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training.



This is a borderless 8 x 10 Photograph on Fuji/Kodak Paper

The actual print is sharper and more detailed than on the online image.

This is a superior quality photograph, suitable for autographing, matting or framing; great for collecting the autographs of the astronauts.