Undergraduate Research Program

Kira Rosenlind

Major: Business Administration
Mentor: Sioban Keel, UWMC Hematology


Current research projects: Genetic Studies on Marrow Failure and Related Disorders (UWMC), Investigating Genetic Mutations in Patients With Immune Thrombocytopenia (Fred Hutch)


Kira Rosenlind is a current sophomore at the University of Washington in the Foster School of Business. She is a part of the interdisciplinary and departmental honors program. Since May 2021 she has worked in the UW Medicine Hematology department as a research coordinator. She works with the DNA from blood and bone marrow samples to track inherited bone marrow failure and related disorders, such as leukemia, in families. She is also working on a project through Fred Hutch studying the possible inheritance of immune thrombocytopenia in adults. She is also doing an independent research project studying the effects of calorie information on college students in eating disorder recovery. Outside of research Kira loves running and being with friends.


Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
Many autoimmune disorders can be passed down through families in genes. Some of the research I’m doing is tracking those genes to see which of those genes are responsible for causing different autoimmune disorders. One of the important parts of my job is to create a pedigree for the different families in the study to see how the genes affect different members.



When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
I got involved in research during the winter quarter of my freshman year. I knew I wanted to be involved in research but I wasn’t sure what kind of research. I knew I was interested in pursuing medicine so I started reaching out to different labs until I found the perfect fit.


What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
Take risks! I was so scared that I wouldn’t be old enough or qualified enough to get a research position. If you see a research opportunity that you think is cool, go for it.