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Kathleen Cain


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Kath studied Biology at the University of Manchester, and gained a PhD in cell biology/immunology at the University of Sheffield under the direction of Birgit Helm, using proteomics to gain insight into IgE-mediated allergies. Kath later joined the University of Manchester as an Experimental Officer, initially in the laboratory of John McCarthy, and later in the Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology, where she worked primarily on quantification of protein levels in yeast by LCMS, using the QconCAT technique. Kath took a career break in 2012, and in June 2018 returned to work at the University of Manchester initially as a PDRA  (Barran/Flitsch), and later in the Michael Barber Centre for Collaborative Mass Spectrometry, specialising in HDX and native MS. 

Currently she provides expert LCMS analysis internally and externally for the MS and Separations facility and is responsible for maintaining instrumentation. Kath is the HDX and Protein lead (Barran groups and facility) and provides end to end delivery of advanced anlaytical projects.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology


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  • Mass Spectrometry and Separations

    Katherine Hollywood (Senior Technical Specialist), Reynard Spiess (Technical Specialist), Maira Hernandez-Guzman (Technical Specialist), Kathleen Cain (Technical Specialist), Eleanor Sinclair (Technical Specialist), Cunyu Yan (Technical Specialist), Michael Trelore (Technician), Otis Leahair (Assistant Technician), Emma Enston (Senior Technician), Gareth Smith (Senior Technician), Carole Webb (Senior Technician) & Mohammed Maqsood (Senior Technician)

    FSE Research

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