Kathryn M. Hart is a research instructor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Washington University in Saint Louis and a Master Teacher for the BioBuilder Educational Foundation. She helped develop an intensive lab techniques course for undergraduates at the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC), and she teaches professional development and student workshops for BioBuilder. With a background in the biological sciences, she finds teaching biology with an engineering perspective affords unique opportunities for introducing traditional content as well as design-oriented problem solving. Her current research focuses on understanding and engineering protein function and energetics. She received her B.S. in Biology from Haverford College in 2004 and Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of California, Berkeley in 2013.