Professor David Bainbridge

The biology of pregnancy, immunology especially, and the public understanding of science
Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine; Admissions Tutor (Sciences); Postgraduate Admissions Tutor (Sciences); Tutor; Postgraduate Tutor (Welfare); Disabilities Tutor; Childcare Tutor
Professor of Comparative Anatomy and University Clinical Veterinary Anatomist; Admissions Subject Convenor in Veterinary Medicine

Prof. David Bainbridge is Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine at St Catharine's. He is also the University Clinical Vet Anatomist and organises much of the preclinical veterinary teaching in the university, including all the anatomy and reproductive biology. He has degrees in Zoology (1989) and Veterinary Medicine (1992) from Cambridge and spent time in mixed practice before studying at the Institute of Zoology at London Zoo (PhD 1996), the Royal Veterinary College and Cornell, Sydney and Oxford Universities. He has been a Fellow of Catz since 2003 and is also a tutor and admissions tutor. He is actively involved in promoting public understanding of science, giving frequent talks at schools (mainly to six- and seven-year-olds!) and writing popular science books. As well as his veterinary work, David lectures on reproduction in NST 1B Physiology.

  • The X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives (Harvard University Press, 2003)
  • Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey Through your Brain (Harvard University Press, 2008)
  • Teenagers: A Natural History (Portobello, 2009)
  • Middle Age: A Natural History (Portobello, 2012)
  • Curvology: The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape (Portobello, 2015)
  • Stripped Bare: The Art of Animal Anatomy (Princeton University Press, 2018) 
  • How Zoologists Organize Things (Frances Lincoln, 2020)
  • Paleontology – An Illustrated History (Princeton University Press, 2022)