Dr Kathryn Scott

Lecturer; Research Administrator, Department of Biochemistry


MSci MA (Cantab) PhD

Academic Background

Following my PhD in protein folding at the University of Cambridge I spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington studying computational methods for protein folding. I returned to the UK in 2006 to take up a position at the Department of Biochemistry where I worked on both computational and experimental methods for investigating protein structure and interaction. I have always had a strong interest in the communication of science and science outreach and in 2016 I moved to the role of research administrator which combines these interests. As part of this role I am Academic Program Coordinator for the Biochemistry Uniq Summer School.

Undergraduate Teaching

As Lecturer in Biochemistry at Christ Church I specialise in teaching first year biochemistry, and in particular the molecular and cellular biochemistry component of the course. I am a biological chemistry tutor at the Department of Biochemistry and I give tutorials to upper years at a variety of colleges on subjects including bacterial energetics and behaviour, human metabolism and membrane proteins.

Publications include:

Amanda L. Jonsson, Mark A. J. Roberts, J. L. Kiappes, & Kathryn A. Scott (2017) Essential Chemistry for Biochemists, Essays in Biochemistry, in press.  One of a series of articles commissioned by the Biochemical Society for their Understanding Biochemistry series “an essential online resource for post-16 students, teachers and undergraduates, providing up-to-date overviews of key concepts in biochemistry and molecular biosciences”.

Scott K.A., Jefferys, E.E., Hall, B.A., Roberts, M.A.J., and Armitage, J.P. Bacterial Chemotaxis. In Bacterial Regulatory Networks. Horizon Press. 
Scott, K.A., Porter, S.L., Bagg, E.A.L., Hamer, R., Hill, J.L., Wilkinson, D.A., and Armitage, J.P. Specificity of localization and phosphotransfer in the CheA proteins of Rhodobacter sphaeroides. (2010) Molecular Microbiology 76:318-330.


I am a member of the committee for the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge www.C3L6.org 

We aim to provide a challenging exam paper for UK year 12 students, in particular requiring the students to demonstrate problem-solving ability. I work with other members of the committee to write exam questions and teaching materials.