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Katelyn McDonald attended Iowa State University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration with a minor in Biology. She did her undergraduate Honors thesis work on Bamboo systematics. She then attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, for her masters in Biological and Medical Illustration. For her masters thesis she worked with MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in the development of an educational website for spinal cord injury patients. Katelyn now lives in eastern Iowa and enjoys collaborating with many medical and scientific professionals on their projects.



M.A., Medical and Biological Illustration, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHU SOM)
B.A., Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration, minor in Biology, Iowa State University (ISU), summa cum laude, Honors Program
Undergraduate Coursework, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)
Undergraduate Coursework, Shoals Marine Laboratory of Cornell University Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Undergraduate Coursework, Organization for Tropical Studies Costa Rica, through Duke University


Lead Multimedia Designer at Digital Artefacts in Iowa City, Iowa
Illustrating booklet: Chronic Back Pain, A Guide for Patients and Families University of Iowa Spine Center
Poster: Effects of Cold-Stunning on Sea Turtles, Department of Animal Rescue, National Aquarium in Baltimore
Animation: Transcatheter Embolization for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, on website of Dr. Francisco Carnevale, Chief of Interventional Radiology University of Sao Paulo Medical School, Brazil
Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program; ISU
Systematics of Arthrostylidium cubense (a neotropical bamboo), Capstone Honors Project, ISU
Animal caretaker for the Wildlife Care Clinic, ISU College of Veterinary Medicine
Internship in Scientific Illustration, Archaeological Expedition Chicago Field Museum; Mitla, Mexico
Two Illustrations for Mechanisms of Life History Evolution, Flatt, T. & Heyland, A., 2011, Oxford University Press
Internship in Concept Art, MetaBlast!, Freshmen Honors Mentor Program, ISU
Internship in Scientific Illustration, Entomology Collection, University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North

Selected Honors & Awards

Speaker at 2014 Biocommunication Academic Meeting Toronto
Award of Merit at 2014 Association of Medical Illustrators’ Annual Conference
Speaker at the 2014 Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals’ Annual Conference
2014 Vesalian Trust Research Grant, The Vesalius Trust
2013 Honorable mention poster, Effects of Cold-Stunning on Sea Turtles, Visualization Challenge, National Science Foundation
William P. Didusch Scholarship, JHU SOM
Award for Competitive Excellence, ISU
Sole student representative selected for visit by Chairman of National Endowment of the Humanities, ISU
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Freshmen Honors Mentor Program Grant, ISU
Merit Scholarship for New Members, Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma Honors Societies, ISU

Selected Exhibitions

2012 Focus Juried Exhibit, ISU
32nd Art and Design Annual Juried Student Exhibition, ISU
2008–10 Studies in Creativity Juried Student Art Shows, ISU
13th Art and Design Student Annual Juried Exhibition, ISU


Digital: After Effects, Audition Bridge, Cinema 4D, DreamWeaver, Edge Animate, Flash,  HTML5, InDesign, Microsoft Office, OsiriX, PhotoShop, PyMol, Sketch, WordPress, ZBrush
Traditional: acrylic, pen & ink, graphite, macro/micro photography, watercolor
Subjects: animal behavior, cellular biology, comparative anatomy, genetic, human anatomy, physiology, surgery