Distinguished Scientist: R. Katherine Hyde, PhD

February 12, 2021

Image with caption: R. Katherine Hyde, PhD

R. Katherine Hyde, PhD

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2020 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: R. Katherine Hyde, PhD
  • Title: Associate professor, UNMC Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
  • Joined UNMC: 2013
  • Hometown: Waterville, Maine

The Distinguished Scientist Award

The Distinguished Scientist Award, sponsored by UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists at UNMC during the past five years.

Research focus:

  • Acute myeloid leukemia

The goal of my research is: to understand the molecular mechanisms regulating leukemia cells and healthy blood cells, with a long-term goal of developing new treatments that effectively and specifically target leukemia cells.

My research will make a difference because: current treatments for leukemia can have severe side effects and are not effective in all patients. Understanding the basic biology of leukemic and healthy blood cells is critical for developing new, more effective drugs for patients with leukemia.

The best advice I've ever been given is:

"Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."

Three things you may not know about me are:

  • I recently adopted two kittens, Leo and Alexei.
  • I like to bake but don't often follow the recipe.
  • I have two nieces who routinely ask me how close we are to curing cancer. And then tell me to get back to work!

Scott Koepsell
February 16, 2021 at 7:21 AM

Congratulations Kate! We are grateful to have you and your team at UNMC!

February 13, 2021 at 2:36 PM

Congratulations Kate!

Wasim Nasser
February 12, 2021 at 12:28 PM

Congratulations Kate!

Adam Karpf
February 12, 2021 at 7:53 AM

Congratulations Kate!

Elizabeth Kosmacek
February 12, 2021 at 7:38 AM

Congratulations Kate! Our lab has benefitted from your expertise and guidance. And it is a true pleasure to work with you.