|Dr Kate Quinlan
Position: Postdoctoral Scientist
Qualifications: BSc (Honours)(Advanced), PhD. Kate obtained her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Advanced Science with first class honours and a university medal, from the University of Sydney in 2000. Following graduation she moved to the UK for a year to work as a research assistant in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. Kate returned to the School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences at the University of Sydney in 2002 to begin her PhD project. She completed her PhD and joined the INMR as a postdoctoral scientist in 2006.
Project: Dr Quinlan joined the Skeletal Muscle Performance Team in 2006 to work on the α-actinin project. She brought her extensive molecular and cell biology experience to the team. In addition to studying the metabolic consequences of α-actinin-3 deficiency, she used molecular techniques to identify differences between the two related proteins α-actinin-2 and α-actinin-3 that might explain the effect of α-actinin-3 deficiency on muscle function at the molecular level. Kate was awarded a NHMRC Overseas Biomedical Fellowship and moved to the University of Cambridge in 2008 to study human embryonic stem cells and the application of these cells to muscle disease therapy. In 2010 she returned to the lab for the second half of her fellowship. She has returned to working within the α-actinin team and is establishing her stem cell studies in the lab.