Jonas V Veterans Healthcare Scholar

Caitlin Dreisbach, BSN, RN

University of Virginia
PhD Student

Caitlin Dreisbach is a PhD student at the University of Virginia. Prior to her career in nursing, Caitlin completed a dual undergraduate degree in biology and communication with a minor in global health at Cornell University. Upon graduating from Cornell, Caitlin was privileged with a distinction in research after completing an honors thesis on the transition of breastfeeding and the healthcare system in rural Nepal. After deciding to be more clinically oriented, Caitlin attended The Johns Hopkins University's BSN program to become a nurse. Since graduation, Caitlin has continued to work as a labor and delivery nurse at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Utilizing clinical experience as a means to formulate her research questions, Caitlin began on her journey in teaching and research. Caitlin's current projects include psychological trauma experienced during labor and delivery and emerging infectious diseases such as the Zika Virus. As a member of the International Society for Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), Ms. Dreisbach is committed to a career in academia. Caitlin's ultimate research trajectory is the intersection between genetics and women's health. Caitlin is a member of the 2016 National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH/NINR) Summer Genetics Institute. Digging deeper into gene-environment interactions and epigenetics, Caitlin hopes to identify environmental characteristics that influence an individual