Catherine Kidner

Profile

  • Time Zone
    Eastern

  • Organization
    University of Edinburgh/Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    We are interested in determining the genetics underlying differences between species. We would like to know how many genetic changes and what type of changes determine differences in plant growth and form. A combination of classical genetics and new sequencing technologies is being used to link the variation in form to variation in the sequence and expression of genes. We are particularly interested applying these techniques to tropical species, as the tropics contain most of the world’s diversity but have been genetically understudied.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Learning new things everyday. My job is never dull. I work together with a group of very bright interesting people finding out how the world works.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is tough about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    It's not relaxing. There is always more you could do, more you could read, a new technique to learn. It's hard to find the time, the expertise and the money to get everything done.

  • Profile Question 3
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I thought I would study biology until I got bored and then find a job. I never got bored and have had the chance to make studying my job.

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  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • In addition to English, I am comfortable communicating with students in the following languages:
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  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?
    2

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