Dr Katherine Wood, Junior Research Fellow

Katherine is one of the CPM’s Junior Research Fellows in Medical Sciences. She is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Clinical Genetics the Goriely group at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. Katherine’s research focuses on the origins of de novo mutations (DNMs) in the male germline, particularly investigating the impact of advanced paternal age on the prevalence of DNMs. This work addresses a fundamental question in human genetics: how, when, and how often do new mutations arise in our genome and contribute to disease? Katherine holds a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Genetic Medicine from the University of Manchester. During her PhD, she investigated a group of ultra-rare developmental craniofacial disorders. As part of this project, she generated human cell models to understand the impact of patient-specific genetic variants on human cell function and behaviour, and used large-scale next-generation sequencing data as a diagnostic tool to identify additional patients with these craniofacial disorders and other rare developmental conditions.

Dr Katherine Wood
Dr Katherine Wood, Junior Research Fellow