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 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.