Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowships NUAcT

Kate Madden

Dr Kate Madden

Dr Kate Madden

My research aims to find new ways of harnessing the immune system in the fight against neurodegenerative disease and cancer, finding new medicines for diseases where treatments are still needed. Research has shown the complexity of the body's immune responses and my hope is that, by developing new drugs to precisely control what the immune system does, we will be able to make breakthroughs in diseases which have consistently proved difficult to treat, such as Alzheimer's Disease. 

Originally from the Wirral, Merseyside, I obtained my undergraduate degree and PhD in Chemistry at Durham University, spending a year at AstraZeneca R&D Oncology during my MChem. I then spent my postdoctoral years at the University of Oxford, where I worked on a number of drug discovery projects, and got the opportunity to learn about the cell biology supporting these projects. The interdisciplinary nature of this work inspired me to pursue my own career path in drug discovery where I hope to work in diverse teams to tackle some of our most pressing healthcare challenges. I applied for a NUAcT fellowship as the scheme uniquely allows you to develop yourself holistically, encouraging you to become a role model for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, develop excellent teaching skills and build your own research identity. Newcastle University is also an incredibly collaborative and supportive institution, and this is something I really wanted to be a part of!

Outside of the lab I love exercise, cooking, cake decorating, gardening and knitting.