Catherine Swanwick

Speaker Expertise: STEM/STEAM

Experience Moderating: Yes



Dr. Swanwick earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia in 2005 after graduating with her B.S. in Biology from Duke University in 1999. She then performed eight years of neuroscience research, with five years at the National Institutes of Health and three years at the non-profit research lab MindSpec. Her research focused on the formation of synapses and their role in neurodevelopmental disorders, focusing on autism.

Throughout her scientific career, Dr. Swanwick actively participated in science outreach and developed a passion for transforming science education. She transitioned to teaching, using her professional science expertise to excite children about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. A lifelong lover of board games, she co-founded the STEM tabletop game company Catlilli Games in 2015.