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Dr Katherine Williams

Dr Katherine Williams

Dr Katherine Williams
BSc(Bristol), PhD(Bristol)

Research Associate

Area of research

Nature's Silent Pharmacy

Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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My research involves the genetic and chemical characterisation of natural products produced by fungi. I utilise techniques such as genome sequencing, bioinformatics, gene knockout and heterologous expression to investigate these compounds.


I graduated from the School of Biological Sciences, UoB, in 2006. I remained in Bristol for my PhD, studying fungal molecular biology, supervised by Dr. Colin Lazarus.

I then moved to the School of Chemistry, UoB to investigate the biosynthesis of fungal metabolites with interesting bioactive properties, in collaboration with the agrochemical company, Syngenta. I later moved to the Leibniz Universität Hannover, to continue this work with Professor Russell Cox.

In early 2016 I moved to the lab of Professor Rudolf Allemann, Cardiff University, investigating novel methods for increasing the terpenome.

I am now working with Dr. Andy Bailey, back in the School of Biological Sciences, UoB, studying the potential for novel bioactive compounds from underexplored fungal genomes.


  • Fungal molecular genetics
  • Fungal secondary metabolites



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