Dr. Kristy Downing was born in Berkeley, raised in Saratoga, and returned to Berkeley to attend Cal as an undergraduate after graduating as valedictorian. She majored in Chemistry and minored in French Language and Literature, spending a semester during her sophomore year studying at La Sorbonne and La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine. She also worked at Chiron Corporation during her final two years at UC Berkeley. Upon graduating Magna cum Laude she was awarded a prestigious British Marshall Scholarship which supported her PhD studies in Biochemistry at Oxford University.
Kristy subsequently held numerous fellowships including a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship, the Browne Fellowship in Biochemistry at The Queen’s College, Oxford and a Senior Fellowship at St. John’s College, Oxford. Research into the structural biology of proteins implicated in inherited disorders that was performed in her laboratory at Oxford University resulted in more than 40 publications in academic journals. In 2004 she was awarded the Distinction of Reader of Biochemistry by the University.
Since she returned to the United States to raise her family, and she has since been involved in a diverse range of business, volunteer and community service projects. Over a 6 year period she ran two successful consulting businesses. She was the President of the Friends of Carmel Unified Schools for three years, and she is actively involved with the Carmel Valley Rotary Club where she sponsored a grant to fund a neo-natal and birthing intensive care unit in rural India. She also serves as a Carmel-by-the-Sea City Commissioner. Kristy now utilizes her broad range of experience, skills and intellect to assist clients in the creation of original programming and the production of video media as the President of Sand & Sea Productions, LLC.