Katie is an Associate Professor in Epigenetics at the University of Exeter Medical School, with a particular interest in dementia. She started her lectureship in June 2013, was fast tracked to Senior Lecturer in September 2015 and then Associate Professor in April 2017. She currently hold >£1 million in grant funding as PI.
Katie graduated with a first class degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Southampton. Katie has spent her research career investigating genomic and molecular pathology in dementia. She spent four years working in the Department of Old Age Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London, where she identified novel blood biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease. Subsequently she joined the Complex Disease Epigenetics Group to investigate the role of epigenetic mechanisms in dementia. She has published 50 articles and has an H-index of 23 and an i10-index of 30. She was recently awarded the Alzheimer’s Research UK Young Investigator of the Year award in 2017, which is awarded to the most outstanding early career researcher in the field of biomedical dementia research in an international competition for researchers with less than 10 years postdoctoral experience.
Katie leads the Neurodegeneration and Dementia Research Theme within the Complex Disease Epigenetics group. She currently supervises two post doctoral research fellows (Rebecca Smith and Ehsan Pishva), with funds for a further two fellows to join the group next year. She also currently supervises three PhD students as first supervisor (Adam Smith, Jennifer Imm and Janou Roubroeks) with funds for a further PhD student to be appointed shortly. Katie also supervises one MRes student as first supervisor (Leighton Tam) and is a co-supervisor to three PhD students (Isabel Castanho, Szi Kay Leung, Anna Duckworth).