Get to know Patricia Kabitzke, our Senior Scientific Program Manager
We have an incredible team here at Cohen Veterans Bioscience and we want you to get to know them a little better. We asked Patricia Kabitzke, our Senior Scientific Program Manager a few questions and here’s what she had to say:
1. Why is the work that Cohen Veterans Bioscience does so important or impactful?
This new model of cooperation between academia, industry, and government agencies is one where the most expeditious progress can be made towards solving disease. I think that Cohen Veterans Bioscience, as a nonprofit entity, leads the way not only in forging these relationships but driving the field of research and creating standards that will be useful in investigating other diseases.
2. What is a typical day like working with Cohen Veterans Bioscience?
There is no typical day! Every day we are presented with amazing opportunities to interact with smart people who are making a huge impact in the field, to think deeply about the current state of research in PTSD, and to strategize how we can help to propel it forward.
3. What book would you want everyone to read and why?
“Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein – Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changes Our Understanding of Life and the Universe” by Mario Livio has been on my list for some time. Of course science should not be undertaken haphazardly, but I really like the idea of scientists being open-minded when faced with unexpected results!
4. What new technology excites you the most?
I am really excited by machine learning and other big data techniques that hold a lot of promise for finding solid answers to complex disease questions. The goal would be to plug data from many standardized sources into computational models. This is why the partnerships we are creating are so important.
5. Do you have a travel experience that impacted your life?
Because my parents immigrated to this country, I grew up with a global-community mindset and am fortunate to have traveled my whole life. Going on safari in the Serengeti was certainly a highpoint, as was time spent in Morocco, visits in Europe to see family, adventures in the Caribbean with friends, and seeing this beautiful country! I prefer to travel with ideas but not a set itinerary, to interact with local people, and to get off the beaten track (usually accomplished by traveling on a budget!).