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Kate received her PhD in 2017 from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she studied interactions between mitochondrial biology, cell death and immune signalling. Her research employed advanced imaging techniques including live-cell lattice light-sheet microscopy (LLSM), live 3D-SIM, electron cryo-tomography and correlative light and electron microscopy to visualise – for the first time – the release of DNA from the mitochondria (mtDNA) during apoptosis.

This work was recognised by first prize in the 2018 Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Awards, and first prize in the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Excellence Awards. Kate has since become an NHMRC Early Career Fellow, a Group Leader within Monash University’s Biomedical Discovery Institute, and a mother (3 young kids), and is currently navigating the juggling act that the these positions demand.

Kate leads the Mitochondria, Cell Death & Immunity Group where she continues to use microscopy and biochemical assays to investigate mtDNA and its downstream signalling consequences in a range of human diseases.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Visiting Scientist, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • AussieMit 2024

    Kate McArthur (Organiser) & Luke Formosa (Organiser)

    26 Nov 20241 Dec 2024

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course