Kathryn received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Sheffield in 1990 investigating the kinetics of glutamate dehydrogenase. She became a laboratory manager for 11 years at the University of Leicester, running an analytical core facility. In 2000 she established the Cambridge Center for Proteomics, University of Cambridge.
In parallel, she established a research programme focusing on technology development that enables measurement of the dynamics of the proteome in a high throughput manner in space and time during critical cellular processes. Her group has contributed many open-source informatics tools to efficiently mine and visualise complex data which is produced by spatiotemporal proteomics studies.
She became a Reader in 2008 and a Professor in Cellular Dynamics in 2012. She has a Wellcome Trust Joint Investigator Award with Professor Anne Willis of the MRC Toxicology Unit, since 2016 to investigate the implications of where transcripts are translated upon the spatial proteome and how this process is controlled.
She is also the joint theme lead at the Rosalind Franklin Institute at Harwell in Oxfordshire.