Dr Kathryn Richards

Dr Kathryn Richards


I earned my PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA (USA) and my BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Marymount University in Arlington, VA (USA). My past research focused on virus-host interactions. My PhD project focused on how mutations in HIV could contribute to the infection of macrophages and impact subsequent disease progression.

I completed a 3 year Yorkshire Cancer Research postdoctoral fellowship with Dr Andrew Macdonald at the University of Leeds, looking at oncogenic viral evasion of the immune response. After my postdoc, I pivoted to more clinically-focused research work. I previously was Project Manager in the Leeds Clinical Research Facility based within the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, managing a range of projects in oncology, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal clinical research. Currently, I am the Project and Research Co-ordinator for the Advanced Imaging Centre in the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, working with Prof Sven Plein on projects focused on diabetes and heart disease. I am also a Language Editor for the journal Open Medicine, providing editorial advice for accepted manuscripts regarding grammar and clarity. 


  • Research Management
  • Trial Coordination & Management


  • BS
  • PhD

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine