Catriona joined Carpmaels & Ransford in 2019 as a Trainee Patent Attorney in the Life Sciences team. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first class Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. Following this, she completed a PhD at the University of Aberdeen, studying gene expression and developing methods for gene knockdown in the cat flea.
During her Undergraduate degree, Catriona had a particular interest in molecular biology, specialising in Genetics for her final Honours year. In her second year she received the Dawson bursary as one of the top performing students in her year group. She completed laboratory projects in the summer of her third year and during her Honours year, giving her hands-on experience of a range of molecular biology techniques.
Catriona received a BBSRC Industrial Case studentship for her doctoral studies, allowing her to pursue her research and providing skills training which first introduced her to the topic of Intellectual Property. During her project she gained knowledge of next-generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics, and demonstrated RNA interference for the first time in the cat flea. Particular highlights of Catriona’s PhD were seeing the positive outcome of her final experiments and presenting her research findings at an international conference in the USA. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.
Outside of the office, Catriona enjoys yoga, trips to the cinema and an occasional game of poker. She loves visiting her family in Scotland and New Zealand.
- BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Genetics) (University of Edinburgh)
- PhD Biological Science (University of Aberdeen)