Katriona is an Enrichment Student based at Queen Mary University London where she is completing a PhD exploring multi-omic data integration in autoimmune diseases. She is supervised by Dr. Myles Lewis and Prof. Michael Barnes.
Prior to her doctoral studies Katriona completed an integrated masters degree in Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh before moving to Glasgow to study a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. She then spent a year working as a bioinformatician in the Experimental Medicine and Rheumatology department at QMUL.
Katriona's PhD focuses on using statistical and machine learning methods to create multi-omic data integration models in auto-immune diseases. The ultimate goal of this research is to predict specific phenotypes and drivers of disease in order to move towards personalised medicine and improve patient response to treatment.
Specifically, Katriona combines clinical, genomic, and transcriptomic data from multiple auto-immune disease studies conducted at QMUL. She also specialises in creating interactive tools using Shiny and Plotly to help automate pipelines as well as visualise and share biological data with the wider research community.