Non-neuronal nervous system cells. Glia comes from the Greek for “glue,” and initially it was thought that glia served only to hold neurons in place and act as supportive cells. Now, however, glia are recognized as having a variety of functions that range from providing support to neurons to influencing neurotransmission. Glia include astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, microglia, Schwann cells, radial glia, and satellite cells.
Kate graduated from Scripps College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience, completing the cellular and molecular track with honors. As an undergraduate, she studied long-term plasticity in models of Parkinson’s disease in a neurobiology lab at University of California, Los Angeles. She continued this research as lab manager before entering the University of Southern California Neuroscience graduate program in 2011 and then transferring to UCLA in 2013. She completed her PhD in 2017, where her research focused on understanding the communication between neurons in the eye. Kate founded Knowing Neurons in 2011, and her passion for creative science communication has continued to grow.