Kate is a post-doctoral fellow at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, working on experimental particle physics with the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN. Kate completed her PhD in 2010 at the University of Sheffield working on the ATLAS experiment, focusing on the Semi-Conductor Tracker (SCT) Detector Control System, and on vertexing methods. Since, Kate has focused her research on Top quark physics, Higgs physics and Luminosity calibration. Along with her research Kate is the current outreach coordinator for the ATLAS experiment.
Kate is also an ICTP Ambassador promoting physics in less developed countries. In her role she has visited numerous countries organising projects to promote physics, with some focus in the Middle East including Palestine where in particular she spent six months working as a visiting lecturer. Kate is passionate about science communication, and in particular to reach out to minority groups who may have less access to science, and fostering physics in developing countries, so that science may be the backbone to social and economic development.
Kate is the representative from the ATLAS Collaboration to IPPOG since 2015 taking over from Steve Goldfarb.