Dr Kate Thornton
Kate currently works at Croda, a global manufacturer of speciality and chemical products, as a Research Scientist in their Biopolymers team. She completed her PhD in Enzyme Triggered Self-Assembled Peptide Derivative Hydrogels for Embryonic Stem Cell Culture at the University of Manchester in 2010. During her PhD she was an active member of the Materials Science Social department and participated in a number of outreach events for school children. Since joining Croda she has continued to be involved in events encouraging children to enjoy Science.
Prior to her PhD she completed a Masters at the University of Manchester Biomedical Material Science with a year in industry. It was following her undergraduate Masters that she firstly became aware of the Institute's Younger Members' Committee as she was nominated for a Student Award. Although she was unsuccessful in the award, she was invited to join the committee in 2008.
In her spare time she enjoys walking, snowboarding (although she spends too much time falling over!), knitting and travelling.