Katie Lockwood

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Dr. Katie Lockwood wears lots of hats at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania. She takes care of children, oversees medical students and ensures that doctors have opportunities to continue learning (a requirement for their ability to continue practicing medicine). Dr. Lockwood is also an avid science communicator, hosting the popular CHOP podcast for pediatricians, called “Primary Care Perspectives.” Dr. Lockwood has a medical degree (MD), a bachelor’s degree in psychology (BA), and a graduate degree in education (MEd). 

 What was your favorite science class? 

I always enjoyed biology because it was so ubiquitous, and there were so many ways to apply it to the world around me.

Who was your favorite science teacher growing up and why?

I never really loved chemistry, but my high school chemistry teacher had so much passion for what he did that it really kept me engaged and motivated.

Who is your science hero?

Virginia Apgar, who created a standardized score for newborn babies. The score she created helped decrease infant mortality. She’s an example of how significant scientific progress can be made through simple clinical observations.

What advice do you have for students interested in a STEM career?

Sometimes you are required to take many different types of STEM courses on the road to your career. Don’t let the few that you don’t enjoy or that have a bad reputation sway you from your course.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Helping families thrive!

What current scientific discovery or project are you most excited about? 

The COVID vaccine! A great example of how science can quickly change and save lives when we work together collaboratively.