Kate holds a Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship, with her research carried out between the Department of Biochemistry, Oxford University and Imperial College London. She is a Todd-Bird Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow at New College.
Plasmodium parasites live and grow inside human red blood cells in order to cause malaria disease. Kate is interested in how these parasites invade human red blood cells in the first place, and how they might be prevented from doing so to avert malaria. Her research, funded by the Wellcome Trust, employs genetics, imaging, and structural biology approaches to investigate the interactions between malaria parasite and red blood cell that allow the parasite to invade.
Wright, K. E., Hjerrild, K. A., Bartlett, J., Douglas, A. D., Jin, J., Brown, R. E., Illingworth, J. J., Ashfield, R., Clemmensen, S. B., de Jongh, W. A., Draper, S. J., Higgins, M. K. Structure of malaria invasion protein RH5 with erythrocyte basigin and blocking antibodies. Nature 515, 427-430 (2014).