Catherine C. Swanwick, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Catlilli Games
A lifelong lover of board games, Catherine earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia after graduating with her B.S. in Biology from Duke University. She then performed eight years of postdoctoral neuroscience research, with five years at the National Institutes of Health and three years at MindSpec. Her research focused on the formation of synapses (connections between neurons) and related implications for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.
Throughout her scientific career, she actively participated in science outreach and developed a passion for transforming science education. In 2015, she decided to combine her passion for games with her science expertise in order to excite children about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. She also hopes to expand this approach with other educational themes.
As the mother of two young children, Catherine understands the importance of exposing kids to STEM topics early and is thrilled to see them engage with complex topics in a fun, simple way. She welcomes any collaborations to help with this new journey.