Professor Catrin Pritchard
Catrin studied for an MA in Biochemistry at Jesus College Oxford (1979-1983) and graduated with a First class honours degree. From 1984 she was at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London affiliated with University College London, where she obtained her PhD in Genetics. Between 1987 and 1991, she was a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of California, San Francisco, USA under the supervision of Professor Rick Myers. She joined as a Career Development Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Oxford over 1991-92, and then went on to become a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at DNAX Research Institute, Palo Alto, California, USA under the supervision of Professor Martin McMahon.
From 1995-2003 she was the Royal Society University Research Fellow, initially within the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester and then transferred to the Department of Biochemistry in 1997. She became a lecturer here in 2003, a Reader in 2004, and was given a chair in 2009. Since January 2010, she is also a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder. Since becoming a lecturer at Leicester, she has brought in £5 million worth of research funding and has published in several high profile journals in the field, including Nature and Cell. Most of her work is centred on cancer research, specifically colorectal cancer, lung cancer and melanoma. Cancer Research UK are the main funders of her work and she is currently in receipt of a prestigious Cancer Research UK programme grant, worth £1.2M.