Kerry Pettigrew


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Academic Biography

Dr Pettigrew completed a degree in Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University (2003) where she received first class honours and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences President’s Prize. Kerry’s PhD was in Genetic Epidemiology from Queens University Belfast (2007), conducting candidate gene association studies to identify genetic variants conferring susceptibility to diabetic nephropathy in type 1 diabetes. Kerry then pursued a postdoctoral research career in several UK medical schools (Birmingham, Queens University Belfast, Glasgow, St Andrews), publishing on genetic variation primarily in haematological malignancies, neurodevelopmental disorders, and healthcare-associated infection.

She also has an interest in the management of genomics facilities and population cohorts, having worked for Cancer Research UK's Genome Variation Laboratory Service and the University of Bristol's Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC).

Kerry has research and teaching experience in both wet-lab and dry-lab methods, in both human and microbial genetics. Most recently, Kerry spent two years in the Netherlands, at Erasmus University, performing systematic reviews and quantitative research in a social sciences context.

Arriving at Teesside University in January 2023 as Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, Kerry currently supervises MSc Advanced Biomedical Science and MSc Bioinformatics students and contributes to research methods teaching. In 2022/23, Kerry will be module leader for Genomics and Bioinformatics SCI4007-N (MSc), with contributions to Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics SCI2008-N Bioinformatics and Genomics SCI3033-N undergraduate modules.

Summary of Research Interests

Kerry has ongoing research collaborations with University of St Andrews, Newcastle University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Research interests include:

  • Microbial genomics
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Health inequalities and just transition
  • Analysis of open-access and population cohort data

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Genetic Epidemiology of Diabetic Nephropathy in Type 1 Diabetes, Queen's University Belfast

15 Sep 200315 Feb 2007

Award Date: 15 Feb 2007

Bachelor, BSc Hons Biomedical Sciences with Diploma in Industrial Studies, Ulster University

15 Sep 199916 Jun 2003

Award Date: 16 Jun 2003


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