Dr Katherine Duncan

Chancellor’s Fellow
University of Strathclyde

Dr Katherine Duncan is an Assistant Professor (Chancellor’s Fellow) in Drug Discovery at the University of Strathclyde. She obtained a Chemistry MChem (University of Aberdeen) with International Placement (Florida Atlantic University) in 2005. After three years in industry, she completed a PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 2012 (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, international scholarship) followed by two Postdoctoral Fellowships at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, CA in Marine Biomedicine and at The Scottish Marine Institute in Marine Biotechnology. In 2016 she started her own research group at the University of Strathclyde, studying marine microbial natural products with a focus on characterising the biological and environmental boundaries of microbial metabolism to accelerate antibiotic discovery from marine microorganisms. For more on the research carried out by her group please visit the ‘medicines from the sea’ website. Her research is at the cross-section of marine ecology, chemistry and microbiology – Kate enjoys interdisciplinary work and welcomes new collaborations. Kate also volunteers for non-for-profit Homeward Bound, a global women in science leadership program (based in Australia). She is one of five science faculty and will participate in her third Antarctic expedition with TeamHB5. Kate is passionate about women in science leadership positions and enabling equal and diverse workplace cultures.