Dr Kathryn Garner is currently a Kidney Research UK Intermediate Fellow working and researching at Newcastle University, in north-east England, UK. Every cell in every tissue in the body receives many different signals, some in the form of chemical messages, and the cells need to know how to respond to these and to differentiate between them. Kathryn is formally trained as a molecular biologist (BSc(hons) Molecular Cell Biology (2008) and PhD (2012), University College London), but has a tendency to work across disciplines. In Newcastle, she is learning how to make mathematical models.

In addition to this, Kathryn has a background in Fine Art (BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Art foundation), Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (1999), BA(hons) Fine Art (2002), Falmouth College of Arts), and she now uses this experience to explore ways in which art can be used to open conversations about scientific findings with the public. Notably, she is a member of the Biochemical Society Education, Training and Public Engagement committee, currently involved in developing an art-science programme of public engagement.