Dr Mairi Kilkenny
Mairi Kilkenny completed her PhD in Biochemistry at Sidney Sussex College in 2004 under the supervision of Professor Sir Tom Blundell. After working for several years as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, she then returned to the Department of Biochemistry in Cambridge to study the way in which cells replicate their genome prior to cell division. This process is central to all life, and its accuracy is of paramount importance in preventing disease. She enjoys shooting intense x-ray and electron beams at biological samples in an attempt to understand what proteins look like and how they work in the cell.