Dr. Kathy Friedman is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in the laboratory of Drs. Walt Fangman and Bonny Brewer studying the temporal regulation of DNA replication.  During postdoctoral training with Dr. Thomas Cech at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dr. Friedman initiated studies of the assembly and regulation of the yeast telomerase complex.  Her laboratory at Vanderbilt University utilizes genetic and biochemical approaches in the model system Saccharomyces cerevisiae to elucidate mechanisms of genome maintenance.  Specific interests include the regulation of telomere replication at normal chromosome ends and at DNA double-strand breaks.  Dr. Friedman enjoys teaching genetics to undergraduate and graduate students at Vanderbilt and has been recognized for her achievements both as a laboratory mentor and classroom teacher.