Dr Kate Thornton
I currently work at Croda, a global manufacturer of speciality and oleochemical products, as an Applications Scientist in their Sun Care and Biotechnology Division. I completed my PhD in Enzyme Triggered Self-Assembled Peptide Derivative Hydrogels for Embryonic Stem Cell Culture at the University of Manchester in 2010. During my PhD I was an active member of the Materials Science Social department and participated in a number of outreach events for school children. Since joining Croda I have continued to be involved in events encouraging children to enjoy Science.
Prior to my PhD I completed a Masters at the University of Manchester Biomedical Material Science with a year in industry. It was following my undergraduate masters that I firstly became aware of the Institute's Younger Members' Committee as I was nominated for the Student Awards.
Although I was unsuccessful in the awards I must have made an impression as I was invited to join the committee in 2008.
In my spare time I enjoy walking, snowboarding (although I spend too much time falling over!), knotting and travelling.