Dr Kathryn Griffin

Dr Kathryn Griffin


I am an NIHR-funded Academic Clinical Fellow in Histopathology having successfully been awarded my (BHF-funded) PhD from the University of Leeds in 2016. My pre-clinical research has focussed on abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) and the factors involved in their development and progression and I have contributed to the Leeds Aneurysm Development Study (LEADS) in terms of patient recruitment, data collection, analysis and the generation of outputs from this project.

Over the last three years, in the run-up to, and since, my change in specialty (from Vascular Surgery to Histopathology) my research has been focussed on the use of novel three-dimensional imaging techniques for the investigation of vascular networks in health and disease. I was named as a collaborator in a Wellcome Trust multi-disciplinary bid that enabled the purchase of a LaVison UltraMicroscope II and since joining LICAMM I have been awarded more that £300,000 in personal research funding as well as co-supervising several PhD students. I have contributed to over 25 PubMed citable journal articles, including work in ATVB and Circulation Research, and I have presented my work both nationally and internationally at the highest level.

I am passionate about mentorship and the improvement of clinical and academic training. I hold roles in Training and Education on behalf of the Pathological Society and I represent my fellow trainees locally (as ST2-5 rep), regionally (as the West Yorkshire Clinical Academic Trainees representative) and nationally through my role at the Royal College of Pathologists. I act as a mentor to the Leeds undergraduate PERKS society and contribute to the INSPIRE programme to encourage and support undergraduates in research.

During my early clinical and research career I have actively sought out opportunities for teaching and I contribute to the design and delivery of the medical student Pathology curriculum in years 1 and 2. I also teach on the Cardiovascular iBSc course and provide tutoring to MRes students with consistently positive student feedback.


  • PhD
  • MA MB BChir
  • PGDip (Health Research)
  • MRCS

Professional memberships

  • Royal College of Pathologists (Trainee member)
  • Pathological Society
  • Royal College of Surgeons (of England)

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
  • Cardiometabolic
  • Pathology and Data Analytics
  • Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Centre
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