Katherine is an early career postdoctoral scientist with a PhD in Neuroscience from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University. Katherine has had a diverse research career spanning industry and academia. She specialises in the application of analytical techniques including HPLC, ICP-MS and LC-MS/MS to multidisciplinary research projects. Currently, as a member of the McDevitt group her focus is using these analytical techniques to resolve the role of metals in host-pathogen interactions.
Katherine has studied at multiple international institutions throughout her academic career and has been awarded degrees in a diverse range of scientific disciplines. As a result she has been published in peer-reviewed articles across a range of scientific fields including metalloproteomics, aquatic toxicology, molecular psychiatry and drug testing. She has presented her research at several international conferences in the USA, Asia and New Zealand. Katherine is a chartered member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
The McDevitt groups research investigates the interaction of pathogenic bacteria, e.g. Streptococcus pneumoniae, with the host environment with a particular focus on the role of metal ions. To understand the chemical biology of these interactions, we use state-of-the-art microbiology, biochemical and biophysical approaches.