Dr Kathryn Garner - Newcells

Retinal platform

An in vitro, light responsive, retinal model for accurate predictions of in vivo outcomes you can have confidence in.


Kidney platform

The most advanced near-physiological high throughput kidney proximal tubule cells (PTC) model to investigate drug transport modalities in vitro.

Lung epithelia model

Lung model

A model to investigate airway physiology, viral infection, drug safety and environmental impacts on lung airway epithelia.

Sinusoid iPSC-derived Liver model

Liver model

We are developing a model of liver sinusoid derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC).

Dr Kathryn Garner

Principal Scientist

Kathryn is Head of Kidney Development and is pioneering our first glomerular model at Newcells. In 2017, Kathryn was awarded a prestigious Kidney Research UK Intermediate Fellowship, which enabled her to use her extensive experience in High Content Screening (HCS) to explore the effect of high blood pressure and inflammation on kidney podocytes.

Kathryn earned a first-class honours degree in Molecular Cell Biology from UCL in 2008 and a PhD from the same department four years later.

From here, she moved to the University of Bristol to carry out her post-doctoral research. Joining the group of Professor Craig McArdle in 2014, training in high content imaging and working alongside computer scientists to develop mathematical models of Gonadotropin releasing hormone signalling. Kathryn joined Professor Richard Coward’s group in Bristol Renal in 2016, beginning her journey in renal research funded by Takeda Cambridge Ltd to develop a high throughput assay for ER stress in diabetic nephropathy.

Spare time is scarce with two small (but rapidly growing) children at home, but at the weekends she loves to be outside, wild swimming or wandering around her two-acre Northumberland garden, dreaming about building a swimming pond amongst the meadow and natural springs. Kathryn has also achieved an undergraduate degree in Fine Art and her favourite painting is ‘Invasion of the Night’ by Roberto Matta, which she was lucky enough to see in San Francisco in 1999.

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