Katharina Sophia Volz, PhD

Entrepreneur and Scientist in San Francisco, NYC, Germany

Katharina Sophia Volz, PhD

Entrepreneur and Scientist in San Francisco, NYC, Germany

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Katharina pioneered Stanford University's first PhD in Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine in 2015 and has been one of the fastest PhD recipients in world history, earning her degree in just 2.5 years. She was listed on Forbes 30u30 (Science) and has been immersed in the field of biomedical sciences for the past 12 years, starting with her attendance at Germany's Biotechnology High school. She was the first German high school student to be accepted into a research program at Harvard University and has since been awarded several fellowships and awards to do research in 10 labs around the world. During her PhD thesis in the Red-Horse and Weissman labs, Katharina tracked the path of single cells in a developing mouse heart and identified the cell type that forms the coronary arteries and the signal required for this differentiation event. Her publication made it into the top 5 of the 2015 NAVBO list and had over 13K shares at international press including the Guardian and IFL science. Katharina attended Stanford Business School's Startup Garage Program and founded OccamzRazor (Razor, Inc) an information technology company with the mission of accelerating scientific discovery.

Katharina is a WED United Nations fellow and and public speaker at the UN, Dreamforce, Singularity University, Summit Series, Further Future and SciFoo.

In her free time Katharina loves to do outdoor sports, travel and is involved in the Burning Man community. She is a certified snowboard instructor in the alps, loves to kiteboard, unicycle and rollerblade, skydive in high heals and dance.

  • Education
    • Stanford University School of Medicine