UCL Division of Biosciences

Dr Kate Bowers

Dr Kate Bowers

Associate Professor

Structural & Molecular Biology

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2005

Research summary

Eukaryotic cells are divided into membrane-bound compartments called organelles. Each organelle performs a specific function, and requires a particular set of proteins and lipids to perform this function. Our overall aim is to identify and understand the molecular machinery that sorts proteins within the cell and sends them to the correct location. Correct protein sorting is essential for many processes including the control of cell proliferation and functioning of the immune and nervous systems: defects in these processes often lead to disease. In addition, many viruses exploit protein trafficking pathways for their entry and/ or exit from the cell. Our research can be divided into two main themes: 1) The trafficking of the ZIP family of iron/ zinc/ manganese transporters in health and disease and 2) Ion gradients across intracellular organelles and their role in protein trafficking.

Teaching summary

I am course organizer for BIOC0012 (Research Project Foundations) and BIOC0033 (Membrane Trafficking and Mechanisms of Disease).

I lecture on second year undergraduate courses BIOC0005 (Molecular Biology), BIOC0007 (Essential Molecular Biology), and BIOC0012 (Research Project Foundations).  I also give lectures on the third year undergraduate course BIOC0033 (Membrane Trafficking and Mechanisms of Disease). I am a tutor for BIOC0005 (Molecular Biology) and BIOC0003 (Experimental Biochemistry) and I am also a personal tutor.   Every year I supervise project students for BIOC0021 (Advanced Investigative Projects in Molecular Biosciences) and MSci Biochemistry Extended Research Projects.

I also supervise PhD student projects via several UCL PhD programmes.  Please see https://www.ucl.ac.uk/biosciences/study/phd-study/structural-and-molecular-biology-phds or https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lmcb/phd-programme-overview


Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow |
University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education | 2008
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1998
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1997
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1993