Dr. Betty Kutter received her Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Rochester, working on the transition from host to viral metabolism after bacteriophage infection of E. coli. In addition to teaching, she has conducted extensive research throughout her time here involving hundreds of Evergreen students and various Evergreen and visiting colleagues. The National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and The Evergreen State College Foundation have all provided funding to support this work.
Since a 1990 4-month US-USSR Academy of Sciences exchange visit, the Phage Lab's work has expanded to include therapeutic and food-safety applications of bacteriophage. It has also hosted 20 biennial Evergreen International Phage Biology meetings, now drawing about 170 people from 35 countries.
Betty established The Kutter Fund to help make it possible for Evergreen’s younger faculty and students to continue Evergreen's tradition of excellence in microbiology research. RAIN is proud to celebrate her as a SUPERHERO of SCIENCE!