Katy Newlin

Newlin | I am a scientist and teacher who is insatiably passionate about our world. A craving to have a deeper understanding of natural phenomena continually motivates me to learn how things work and make that knowledge accessible to anyone through teaching. I work with science and movement, two areas that are unified by a common denominator of an unrelenting desire to explore the unknown by asking ourselves ‘what's there?’

Background | I fell in love with research the first time that I stepped foot into a lab. It was during my freshman year of undergrad that I became enraptured with the idea of searching for answers to the unknown. With an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, three diverse internship experiences – including NASA – and four years of undergraduate research experience, I knew that I wanted to learn how to think and formulate novel research ideas. I moved from Kentucky to Houston, TX where I obtained my doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. It was there that I became a leading expert in crystallization with a focus on fundamental methods of crystal growth that underlie Malaria towards designing novel antimalarial therapeutics. I yearned for new challenges after, leading me to join one of the top labs at MIT in Boston, MA where I worked on controlling the 3D-spatial organization of cells to reverse Type II Diabetes. Collectively, I have over 10 years’ experience in both academic and industrial environments where I have collaborated with brilliant teams to solve global health challenges by conducting fundamental research.

Travel | Throughout the past year, Fernando and I have traveled from the United States to Canada, Mexico, and back! Having spent most of my life in academia, I yearned to deconstruct classic social structures from my life and set out on a journey to see how the world works. In order to create fully, I wanted to first experience the social and industrial infrastructures underlying our communities. By first learning how and why people thrive the way that they do, I have begun to broaden my perspectives to hopefully one day determine how to generate synchronicity with our world and our own actions.

Teaching | I am currently teaching uniquely designed courses within science, math, and engineering fields. Applying the same motivation, I teach movement practices including outdoor adventures, yoga and meditation in order to question how and why our bodies move and feel in this exact moment. I absolutely love teaching and have over 5 years of teaching experience; I have lectured in university classes, taught hands-on in experimental labs, and tutored high school/college level students in a variety of subjects. I have experience working across a range of ages and tailor my curriculum to target ages as young as 4 years old, as well as extending to advanced concepts with adult clients. All of my classes are small group (< 5 students) settings created to maximize client discussion time, enhance student-teacher interactions, and optimize communication to ensure concept understanding. I am thrilled to teach you or your student! Reach out to initiate your personalized course to continually inspire curiosity and plant the desire to learn! As always, I aspire to continually manifest ideas that allow us to move beyond social normalcy and explore the abnormalities that bring us to life, a life that exceeds our very expectations.



  1. Ma, W., Newlin, K.N., Vekilov, P.G., Rimer, J.D., Activating Artemisinin Suppresses Hematin Crystal Growth (In Preparation)
  2. Farah, S., Doloff, J.C., Muller, P., Sadraei, A., Han, H.J., Olafson, K.N., Vyas, K., Tam, H.H., Hollister-Lock, J., Kowalski, P.S., Griffin, M., Meng, A., McAvoy, M., Graham, A.C., McGarrigle, J., Oberholzer, J., Weir, G.C., Greiner, D.L., Langer, R.S., Anderson, D.G., Long-term Implant Fibrosis Prevention in Rodents and Non-human Primates using Crystallized Drug Formulations, Nat. Mater. (2019)
  3. Olafson, K.N., Clark, J., Vekilov, P.G., Palmer, J.C., Rimer, J.D., Structuring of Organic Solvents at Solid Interfaces and Ramifications for Antimalarial Adsorption on beta-Hematin Crystals, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 10 (2018) 29288-29298
  4. Fenton, O., Olafson, K.N., Pillai, P., Mitchell, M., Langer, R.S., Advances in Biomaterials for Drug Delivery, Adv. Mater. 30 (2018) 1705328
  5. Olafson, K.N., Rimer, J.D., Vekilov, P.G., Early Onset of Kinetic Roughening Due to Step Identify Loss in Hematin Crystallization, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119 (2017) 198101
  6. Polling-Skutvik, R., Olafson, K.N., Narayanan, S., Stingaciu, L., Faraone, A., Conrad, J.C., Krishnamoorti, R., Confined dynamics of Grafted Polymer Chains in Solutions of Linear Polymer, Macromolecules. 50 (2017) 7372 – 7379
  7. Olafson, K.N., Nguyen, T.Q., Vekilov, P.G., Rimer, J.D., Deconstructing Quinoline-Class Antimalarials to Identify Fundamental Physicochemical Properties of Hematin Crystal Growth Inhibitors, Chem. Eur. J. 23 (2017) 13638 – 13647
  8. Olafson, K.N., Nguyen, T.Q., Rimer, J.D., Vekilov, P.G., Antimalarials Inhibit Hematin Crystallization by Unique Drug-Surface Site Interactions, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 114 (2017) 7531 – 7536
  9. Olafson, K.N., Li, R., Alamani, B.G., Rimer, J.D., Engineering Crystal Modifiers: Bridging Classical and Nonclassical Crystallization, Chem. Mater. 28 (2016) 8453 – 8465. Artwork selected for cover.
  10. Vekilov, P.G., Chung, S., Olafson, K.N., Shape Change in Crystallization of Biological Macromolecules, MRS Bulletin (2016) 375 – 3809.
  11. Olafson, K.N., Ketchum, M.A., Rimer, J.D., Vekilov, P.G., Molecular Mechanisms of Hematin Crystallization from Organic Solvent, Cryst. Growth Des. 15 (2015) 5535 – 5542
  12. Vekilov, P.G., Rimer, J.D., Olafson, K.N., Ketchum, M.A., Lipid or Aqueous Medium for Hematin Crystallization, Cryst. Eng. Comm. 17 (2015) 7790 – 7800. Article selected as a highlight article. Artwork selected for cover.
  13. Olafson, K.N., Ketchum, M.A., Rimer, J.D., Vekilov, P.G., Mechanisms of Hematin Crystallization and Inhibition by the Antimalarial Drug Chloroquine, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 112 (2015) 4946 – 4951
  14. Olafson, K.N., Rimer, J.D., Vekilov, P.G., Growth of Large Hematin Crystals in Biomimetic Solutions, Cryst. Growth Des. 14 (2014) 2123 – 2127
  15. Hurwits, F.I., Gallagher, M., Olin, T.C., Shave, M.K., Ittes, M.A., Olafson, K.N., Fields, M.G., Guo, H., Rogers, R.B., Optimization of Alumina and Aluminosilicate Aerogel Structure for High-Temperature Performance, Int. J. Appl. Glass Sci. 5 (2014) 1 – 11
  16. Ketchum, M.A., Olafson, K.N., Petrova, E.V., Rimer, J.D., Vekilov, P.G., Hematin Crystallization from Aqueous and Organic Solvents, J. Chem. Phys. 139 (2013) 1 – 9
  17. Hurwits, F.I., Guo, H., Rogers, R.B., Sheets, E.J., Miller, D.R., Newlin, K.N., Shave, M.K., Palczer, A.R., Cox, M.T., Influence of Ti Addition of Boehmite-derived Aluminum Silicate Aerogels: Structure and Properties, J. Sol-Gel Science and Technology. 64 (2012) 0928-0707 (367 – 374)
  18. Hurwitz, F.I., Guo, H., Newlin, K.N., Influence of Boehmite Precursor on Aluminosilicate Aerogel Pore Structure, Phase Stability and Resistance to Densification at High Temperatures, NASA Glenn Research Center (2011)
  19. Hurwitx, F.I., Guo, H., Sheets, E.J., Miller, D.R., Newlin, K.N., Tailoring of Boehmite-Derived Alunimosilicate Aerogel Structure and Properties: Influence of Ti Addition, MRS Proceedings 1306, Mrsf10-1306-bb10-03 (2010)