Katherine West - age 35
Katherine was conducting biomedical research as a contracted scientist at Ft. Detrick, MD when the news started spreading about the virus. While struggling to survive, she never lost her scientific desire to find out how and why this happened. She gathered several of her most trusted colleagues from those that survived and they made the long journey toward Chernarus. It took the better part of a year to get there and bribe their way into the country, but they were eventually able to set up a makeshift lab and start doing research.
She recently returned from gathering supplies to find her colleagues overrun by the dead and the lab damaged by fire beyond repair.