Dr. Katelyn J. Butler received her B.A. in Biology from Judson University in Elgin, IL where she graduated Summa cum laude from the honors program and was the recipient of the President’s Scholar award.
She then proceeded to receive her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her graduate work, she investigated the genetic mechanisms behind plant resistance to soybean cyst nematode, the most economically significant pathogen of soybean. In addition, Dr. Butler was a Borlaug Fellow at the Borlaug Summer Institute for Global Food Security at Purdue University. She also completed a year-long program as a WISCIENCE Scientific Teaching Fellow where she received extensive training on research-based teaching principles. She joined the faculty at AU in 2018 and teaches non-majors biology, botany, and upper division molecular biology. Dr. Butler hopes to establish a student-run research program on plant-microbe interactions and engage in discipline-based education research.
Outside of the classroom or lab, Dr. Butler enjoys reading, cooking, and gardening. She likes to keep active by playing golf, ultimate frisbee, hiking, and yoga. She loves to travel to new places with her husband, Jackson, where they spend their time exploring the local cuisine and culture.
Contact Dr. Butler:
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin