Kei Katsura, DDS, PhD

Kei Katsura was born in Berkeley, CA, and grew up in Orinda, CA. She moved to Vermont to attend Middlebury College, where she pursued a double major in Spanish and Biology. Kei returned to the Bay Area to attend UCSF for graduate school, and her favorite moments were teaching anatomy as a TA and serving as Academic Chair for Psi Omega.

During her dental studies, Kei also earned her PhD in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, focusing on Amelogenesis imperfecta and regenerative techniques for tooth enamel development and mineralization through the role of intracellular vesicle trafficking. She graduated with honors and was awarded the Merit Fellowship Award, Maxwell Scholarship, and an NIH-funded fellowship grant for her research. In her spare time, Kei is a volunteer at UCSF’s homeless shelter clinic and travels annually to Guatemala for dental mission trips. She hopes to continue to enhance her knowledge of craniofacial anomalies and to continue bridging the gap between clinicians and scientists. She had received a number of awards including,
Merit Fellowship Award, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Scholarship, Northern California Chapter 2013-2014 and an F30 NIH Fellowship Grantin 2014 and the Captain Meritte Maxwell Scholarship Award, 2017.

Education and Training

University of San FranciscoDDSDentistry2018
University of San FranciscoPhDOral and Craniofacial Sciences2019