Catrin Pritchard Biography
Catrin graduated with an MA Hons in Biochemistry from Oxford University followed by a PhD at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London. She undertook two postdoctoral fellowships in the San Francisco Bay area, firstly at the University of California San Francisco and then at the DNAX Research Institute in Palo Alto. She returned to the UK in 1995 gaining a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, which she held at the University of Leicester. Her fellowship continued until 2003, during which time she had maternity leave to have her two children. She obtained a permanent lectureship at Leicester in the Department of Biochemistry in 2003, progressed to Reader in 2005 and was awarded a Personal Chair in 2009.
Catrin’s long-held research interests are in oncogene-driven cancer development with particular emphasis on mechanisms of oncogenic RAS/RAF driven tumour induction. She has held several CR-UK funded programs of research to develop mouse models of oncogene-driven cancer and is using these models to understand mechanisms of early cancer development, with particular focus on the role of the tumour microenvironment Her major goal is to translate her findings to human cancers, particularly lung and colorectal cancers, and to work with clinicians to identify novel interventional approaches and biomarkers of disease.
Catrin became the Director of Cancer Research at Leicester in 2011 within the College of Medicine and Biological Sciences and is now the Science Director of the Cancer Research UK Leicester Centre (from April 2014).