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Katherine Staines

(Former employee or visitor)

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

There are various opportunities for motivated students who have an interest in musculoskeletal research so please get in touch if interested

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
The role of MEPE in chondrocyte matrix mineralisation
Bachelor of Science, University of Bristol


Katherine Staines is an Associate Scientist at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh and currently a Principal's Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University. Her research is focussed on the development, regulation and pathology of the musculoskeletal system. 

Katherine completed her BSc in Anatomical Sciences at Bristol University in 2008. Katherine then moved to the University of Edinburgh and was awarded her PhD in 2012, with a thesis that examined the role of Mepe in chondrocyte matrix mineralisation, under the direction of Prof. Colin Farquharson.

In 2012, Katherine started her first postdoctoral position with Prof. Andy Pitsillides at the Royal Veterinary College, London. It was during this Arthritis Research UK funded post that Katherine's interest in osteoarthritis developed. In 2014, Katherine moved back to the University of Edinburgh to work on another Arthritis Research UK postdoctoral position looking at the subchondral bone in osteoarthritis. 

Katherine is the New Investigator representative for the Bone Research Society and currently sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Endocrinology, the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, BMC musculoskeletal disorders, and Frontiers in Endocrinology, Bone Research. 


Research students

Ekele Ikpegbu, PhD Student


-          Bone histology practical sessions, University of Edinburgh BVM&S 2014 - 2017

-          1st year University of Edinburgh BVM&S tutor. Modules: ‘Cell signalling’ 2014 - 2016

-          Student selection MMI interviewer, University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, 2014 – 2016

Research students

-          “Does deregulated PHOSPHO1 expression contribute to catabolic bone loss in hyper-parathyroid hormone disorders?” Kirsty Little, University of Edinburgh, May 2016 – September 2016. BVM&S 

-          “Does deregulated PHOSPHO1 expression contribute to catabolic bone loss in hyper-parathyroid hormone disorders?” Katherine Myers, University of Edinburgh, May 2016 – August 2016. MBChB 

-          “Deciphering the signalling mechanisms by which FGF2 controls E11-mdeiated osteocytogenesis” Lena Basta, University of Edinburgh, January 2016 – April 2016. BSc (Hons) Developmental Biology 

-          “Does E11 control osteocytogenesis?” Erin Unger, University of Edinburgh, July 2015 – September 2015. BVM&S

-          “Investigating PTH regulation of Phospho1” Katherine Myers, University of Edinburgh, January 2015 – April 2015. BSc (Hons.) Developmental Biology

-           “Stabilising the osteochondral interface to protect against osteoarthritis” Fiona Brain, University of Edinburgh, March 2014 – August 2014. MSc Animal Biosciences

-           “Mitochondrial dysfunction in a natural model of osteoarthritis, the STR/Ort mouse” Lauren Wood, The Royal Veterinary College, October 2013 – May 2014. BSc (Hons.) Bioveterinary Sciences

-          “The influence of mechanical loading on skeletal growth – a predisposition for osteoarthritis development?” Sanya Bhambhani, Temple University USA, June 2013 – July 2013. 

-          “GH signalling independent of IGF-1 induces increased linear bone growth in SOCS2 knockout mice” Seema Jasim, Edinburgh Napier University, May 2011 - June 2011. MSc

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