Dr Katie Lunnon: Associate Professor of Epigenetics
Biggest professional achievement to date?
Last year I was really happy to be awarded the Alzheimer’s Research UK Young Investigator of the Year Award; which is a prize given to an outstanding early career dementia researcher.
Most profound/life-changing, business moment?
That would be when I was offered my lectureship at the University of Exeter. Before, I had been working as a postdoctoral researcher (at King’s College London), however, those posts are only temporary, lasting for the duration of a single project grant. The lecturer post was permanent and has allowed me to put down roots in Exeter and grow a research team. Together, we are looking at molecular changes in the brain, in dementia.
Best life advice ever received?
That would probably be to study biomedical science at University. I had always wanted to study medicine at University, however, when I was applying for Universities, my predicted grades for my A-levels weren’t high enough. One of my teachers recommended that I apply for Biomedical Science instead and I have never looked back! The best thing about being a scientist is that you can go to work and discover something completely novel that no-one else knows in the world, which makes this a pretty amazing job!
Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni?
To be resilient; there are always people who will criticise, but you can choose whether to listen to them or not.
I received my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry & Pharmacology from Southampton University in 2004 (First Class Honours). I then went on to receive my PhD in Neuroscience also from Southampton in 2008. I have a postgraduate certificate in academic practice (PCAP) from King’s College London.
If you could make one change to the world?
Better support and care available to those suffering from dementia.
The most influential woman in your life?
In September, I became a mother for the first time, when I had my son Dylan, and it has made me appreciate my mum in a whole new way! My mum is by far the most influential woman in my life. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without her support of my career.
What does 2018 hold for you?
I am hoping lots of scientific papers and successful grant applications so that we can continue our research into epigenetic mechanisms in dementia over the coming years.
“Treat others the way you would want to be treated”.
Video From The Celebration
100 Most Influential Women 2018
Grow Exeter Magazine launched the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ in Exeter and the region in December 2017 and we received around 500 nominations for influential women from all walks of life; our panel was spoilt for choice and hard-pressed to select only 100 from the talented nominees that they viewed. The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.
Women have truly shown that they can shine in any environment, whether that be in the boardroom, teaching our children, climbing mountains, navigating uncharted waters, they can do anything that they set their mind to and we can’t wait to celebrate our own talented 100.
Honouring women in our March edition of Grow Exeter fell in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists have each been featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March and April so keep an eye on our Facebook page or website for their stories.
A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the #100WomenExeter, you are all amazing!