Dr Katherine Kentistou

BSc (Newcastle), MSc (Imperial), PhD (Edinburgh)

Postdoctoral Affiliate

College Roles

  • Postdoctoral Affiliate


Email: ak2346@cam.ac.uk


Dr Katherine Kentistou joined the University as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the MRC Epidemiology Unit in March 2021. Prior to that, she completed her PhD in Precision Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. There, she worked with data from the UK Biobank population cohort, combining genetic and imaging datasets, to identify genomic regions that associate with different body composition patterns. She then worked on exploring their in vivo metabolic effects. Katherine also holds an MSc in Human Molecular Genetics from Imperial College London and a BSc in Biology from Newcastle University.

Research Interests

Katherine’s research aims to identify and characterise genetic mechanisms that drive growth and body composition and their relation to metabolic health or disease susceptibility, using population-level data.
She is currently working on establishing a framework that integrates genetic association information with other types of functional data, pertaining to gene expression regulation and protein function, to prioritise disease-relevant genes.