Dr. Kaitlyn Morse is the driving force behind BeBop Labs. Dr. Morse’s support for personalized health and personalized education initiated BeBop Labs. Previously, Dr. Morse created a vaccine against tick-borne pathogen Anaplasmosis, and followed that experience with working at Mass. General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School Infectious Disease Division inventing a laser adjuvant. Unfortunately, her previous work revealed to Dr. Morse that thinking with their heart is considered erroneous among the typical competitive research scientist professions. So, when Dr. Morse moved to upstate New Hampshire she knew she wanted to continue to help make our world a healthier place and think with her heart (what better way to do that than start a nonprofit organization?).
Dr. Morse quickly noticed that there is a paucity of information on ticks and tick-borne diseases in northern NH. Even though, her previous experience was creating vaccines, she decided an epidemiology direction would be more effective in remote northern NH. Very little ticks have been taken and tested from local communities. And specific at-risk locations have yet to be defined. That is, testing for ticks and tick-borne disease has been a state wide and governmental project, but it is time for it to be a community project. Our communities want more information and need to know the risk of getting bit by an infected tick at our local parks and favorite outdoor places. Yet, BeBop Labs maybe starting with tracking ticks and tick-borne diseases, it doesn’t end there.
Through her experience teaching at Plymouth State University, Dr. Morse realized how higher education needs improvement. Networking within the community allowed for Dr. Morse to realize how many people want to take charge of their own health but didn’t have the resources for it. They are asking all the right questions. The need for hands-on education coupled with the tick problem was the initial workings for BeBop Labs. We are creating a system for our community to collectively discover how simple science can make our lives healthier. We are changing how knowledge is made.