Caroline Kikawa

Graduate Rotation Student

Joined Summer 2020


I am an incoming MD/PhD student at the University of Washington and a summer rotation student. My projects in the Ha lab revolve around adapting and leveraging existing computational methods to identify transcription factor binding site activity in metastatic breast cancer. Originally from Seattle, I graduated from Barnard College in New York, NY in 2018 with a major in Cellular and Molecular Biology. As an undergrad, I worked in Laura Johnston’s group at the Columbia University Medical Center investigating the role of Toll-signaling during phenomenon known as cell competition. After graduating, I returned to Seattle where I contributed to projects analyzing the innate immune response to Zika virus as a research technician in the Overbaugh lab at Fred Hutch.

With my free time, I enjoy reading, playing cards, and rock climbing.


A framework for clinical cancer subtyping from nucleosome profiling of cell-free DNA