Katie Bergdale

BergdaleSelfPortrait2Katie grew up on an small acreage in Iowa. She has spent her life encompassed by a menagerie of wildlife, imbuing her with a love and desire to work with animals. This passion led her to the 4-H program and a job at the local animal hospital. With a competing interest in art, the two subjects were perfectly united when she found the major of Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration at Iowa State University. During her undergrad, an appreciation formed for human anatomy, leading her to continue her career to become a medical illustrator. She has an energetic and positive personality that is  infectious.

Upon graduation, she plans on finding a position that allows her to create both biological and medical illustrations and animations.


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Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration, May 2017.

Iowa State University (ISU)
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Ames, IA
BA Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration,  2015

Experience & Activities

Medical Illustrator/Animator
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Ophthalmic Pathology
Baltimore, MD, 2016

Biological Illustrator
National Aquarium
Baltimore, MD, 2016

Illustration Intern
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Ames, IA, 2015

Biological Illustration Intern
Dorthy Pecaut Nature Center
Sioux City, IA, 2013


  • Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI), Student Member, 2015–present
  • Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration Club (BPMI), Liberal Arts & Sciences BPMI Representative, 2013-2015
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma, ISU Sorority, Philantropy and Academics Committee member, 2011-2015


The Association of Medical Illustrators
2016     Award of Merit, Student Didactic/Instructional, AMI 71th Annual Salon

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2015-16         Departmental Graduate Award Institutional Scholarship
2015-16         William P. Didusch Scholarship

Iowa State University
2011-15          Alpha Lambda Dealt National Honor Society
2011-15          National Society of Collegiate Scholars
2011-15          University Honors Programs


  • Association of Medical Illustrators, Annual Salon Exhibition, Altanta, GA, 2016
  • Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration 30th Anniversary, Ames IA, 2015
  • Art on Main, Boundary Waters Fine Art Exhibition, Ames, IA, 2014