O’Donnell’s work focuses on bringing principles of human factors and user research into all stages of the development process for medical devices. Prior to joining the Wyss Institute, she previously worked as a Field Support Engineer for Integra Neurosciences, where she observed first-hand some of the real-world challenges encountered in the operating room or ICU. From there she went on to receive her Master’s degree in Industrial Design, where she conducted extensive user research in the fields of orthotics and prosthetics to design new technological solutions within the industry. Kathleen received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.S. in Science in Human Cultures from Northwestern University, and an M.I.D in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.