Katja is passionate about fundamental sciences. She teaches on the MBBS program and undergraduate and postgraduate Biomedical Sciences as well as Physician Associate programmes at the School of Medicine. Her research concerns the host-pathogen interactions, with a focus on the host in acute and chronic infections as well as chronic inflammation.
Katja’s passion for discovery is centred on how the immune system interacts with pathogens leading to infectious disease. This attitude transpires from her research into her teaching.
She teaches fundamental aspect of cell biology and immunology in the MBBS program as well as on the PA programs at the University of Central Lancashire. Furthermore she is deputy head of the Mres of Medical Science and actively involved in delivering and supervising teaching in the Masters as well as the BSc in Medical sciences at the School of Medicine.
She takes an active leading role in multidisciplinary collaborative projects with researchers in her own School (Medicine), as well as with colleagues in other schools (Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Engineering , Sport and Health Sciences, and Community Health and Midwifery) as well as with external partners at the Univ. of Sheffield and NHS Trusts (East Lancashire, Blackpool and Alder Hey).
Katja is also devoted to contributing to research more broadly as part of the management team in the THRIVE Research Centre and her active participation in other internal Research Centres. Katja has successfully attracted internal and external funds, is always open to collaboration, and the many other joys of academic life.
Katja joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2018 as a lecturer for medical sciences at the School of Medicine. After completing her PhD (2014) at the University of Sheffield, investigating the regulation of the JAK/STAT signalling pathway by endocytosis, she started working on molecular mechanism influencing the cytoskeleton. Focusing on the cytoskeleton she worked for a number of years on neutrophil biology and their role in host-pathogen interaction at the Medical School (Univ. of Sheffield). But Katja was not always a Cell biologist, as she studied biology with the main subject microbiology at the University of Greifswald (Germany) and Umeå (Sweden). She has used several animal models in her research, including fruit fly, zebrafish and mouse.
- PhD Biomedical Science, Sheffield University, 2014
- Diplom Biology (focus on Microbiology), University of Greifswald, Germany, 2009 (equivalent to M.Sc)
- ECR rising star 2019
- Neutrophil biology
- Innate immune system