Katherine Staines is a Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University. Her research looks to understand the development, regulation and pathology of the musculoskeletal system, with a particular focus on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Katherine's current research is funded by the Medical Research Council & Medical Research Scotland, and her group consists of a PDRA (Dr Jasmine Samvelyan), three PhD students (David Hughes, Rachel Lopera-Burgueno, Lewis Hsu) and an MRes student (Stephanie Morgan).
Katherine completed her BSc in Anatomical Sciences at Bristol University in 2008. Katherine then moved to the University of Edinburgh and was awarded her PhD in 2012, with a thesis that examined the role of Mepe in chondrocyte matrix mineralisation, under the direction of Prof. Colin Farquharson.
In 2012, Katherine started her first postdoctoral position with Prof. Andy Pitsillides at the Royal Veterinary College, London. It was during this Arthritis Research UK funded post that Katherine's interest in osteoarthritis developed. In 2014, Katherine moved back to the University of Edinburgh to work on another Arthritis Research UK postdoctoral position looking at the subchondral bone in osteoarthritis.
Katherine is in the European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS) Academy, and currently sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Endocrinology, the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, BMC musculoskeletal disorders, and Frontiers in Endocrinology, Bone Research. Katherine has reviewed papers for more than 25 different internationally-recoginsed journals, and has reviewed grants for a number of funding bodies including the Rosetrees Trust, the ECTS, and the Belgian Public Research Programme. Katherine's research has featured as a number of press releases including:
“Technology networks awarded £3million to solve life science challenges” – MRC News
“A bone to pick” – Laboratory News
“Showcasing the best in Diamond Science” – Materials World
“RVC study investigates progression of osteoarthritis” – Vet Times
“RVC Skeletal Biology Group’s work showcased in Diamond Light Source Annual Review Launch” – Royal Veterinary College Press Release
“Diamond unveils plans to ensure the UK maintains strong position of world science stage” – Diamond Light Source Press Release