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Katherine Wood


Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a postdoctoral research assistant in molecular genetics in the Goriely group. I joined the lab in 2021. My research is centered on the selfish selection of de novo mutations in the male germline. This work addresses a fundamental question in human genetics: how, why and how often do mutations arise in our genome and contribute to disease?

I am currently a Junior Research Fellow in Medical Sciences at the Oxford Centre for Personalised Medicine and St Anne's College. I am also a Retained Lecturer in Biochemistry at Pembroke College.

I graduated from the University of Oxford in 2013 with an MBiochem in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. I then studied for a PhD in Genetic Medicine at the University of Manchester between 2017 and 2021, under the supervision of Professor William Newman and Professor Raymond O’Keefe. My project focused on the investigation of craniofacial developmental disorders caused by variants in genes encoding core components of the spliceosome, a large macromolecular machine required for the processing of all eukaryotic pre-messenger RNAs.

I am particularly interested in translational (or “bench to bedside”) research.

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