Senior Research Fellow
BSc (Hons), PhD
Kathryn was awarded her PhD in 2013 from the University of Western Australia and began her postdoctoral career in the surveillance of young children with cystic fibrosis at the Telethon Kids Institute. In 2015 she was awarded an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship to undertake research training in airway mucus biology at the Marsico Lung Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Subsequently she was awarded an Ambizione Research Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation in 2017 to manage a national Swiss cystic fibrosis cohort at the University of Bern, Switzerland.
She returned to the Telethon Kids Institute in 2021 and currently leads the cystic fibrosis physiology research within the Children’s Lung Health team. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of muco-obstructive lung diseases, including cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis, and early detection and monitoring of lung disease in infants and young children. Kathryn has a particular research interest in the multiple breath washout (MBW) technique and co-wrote the 2018 American Thoracic Society Technical Standards Document for Preschool MBW. She is the current chair of the European Respiratory Society Working Group for Infant and Preschool Lung Function, member of the Joint Task Force for the Standardisation of Lung Volumes guidelines, and currently co-chairs the Global Lung Initiative Task Force for MBW healthy reference values.
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