Catherine Lawrence is currently a lecturer in the Faculty of Life Sciences.
Catherine obtained a BSc honours degree in Pharmacology (1992) and her PhD (1996) from the University of Manchester. During her PhD, which was under the supervision of Professor Nancy Rothwell, she was interested in how pro-inflammatory cytokines affect neuronal injury. However, after completing her PhD she then gained over two years experience in the commercial sector working as a Clinical Research Associate in the pharmaceutical industry.
In 1998 she returned to academic research and obtained a post-doctoral position (funded by AstraZenca) working with Dr Simon Luckman in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester. Her interest at this time was the involvement of novel neuropeptides in energy homeostasis. In 2004 she left the University of Manchester to secure a position as a Senior Research Scientist at AstraZeneca, but then returned to the Faculty of Life Sciences in 2005 when she was awarded an RCUK fellowship and in 2010 she became a lecturer.