Katja Reuter

Katja Reuter, PhD

Director, Digital Innovation and Communication


At the SC CTSI, Dr. Reuter oversees the institute’s overall communications and digital strategies to identify opportunities where online assets provide solutions. She works closely with leadership, information technology, and marketing teams to leverage emerging technologies and creative marketing tactics to provide innovative solutions for competitive differentiation. Dr. Reuter leads a cross-functional team that develops creative communications and digital technology projects to improve the research process and the dissemination of science. 

Dr. Reuter also founded and directs the Digital Scholar Training Program that trains research team members in using Web-based/digital approaches and practices to improve the way they conduct research.

Contact Information

+1 323 442 2046
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Professional Background

Dr. Reuter has more than a decade of experience in web development, digital/social media, and science communications gained while working in media organizations and at biomedical research institutions, including the CTSA hub at UCSF. She obtained a PhD in developmental neurobiology from the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany.  After completing additional training in journalism and Web production and working as a freelance science writer for print media and the radio, she joined the German Cancer Research Center as science editor. 

Prior to joining faculty at the University of Southern California, Dr. Reuter was a visiting research scholar at the Institute of Health and Aging at the University California, San Francisco (UCSF), and she worked as Associate Director of Communication at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UCSF. 


Watching her son discover the world. 

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.