Kate Kemsley


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Kate Kemsley read Physics at Magdalen College, Oxford. After graduating, she worked for some years as a Patent Examiner at the European Patent Offices in The Hague and Berlin, before returning to the UK and to academia.

Her PhD and early career at the UK's Institute of Food Research focused the design of novel sensors, and quantitative applications of infrared and Raman spectroscopy. Subsequently, she concentrated on multivariate statistics – a family of computational methods particularly useful for handling the large datasets produced by modern analytical techniques. Applications of these methods have included natural product integrity issues, including detecting adulteration of edible oils, processed fruits, meat products, coffee and spices.

The arrival of ‘omics and other high-throughput analytical technologies opened up new opportunities for the data scientist. Kate’s interests expanded to include the application of computational statistics and machine learning to wide range of data types, from studies involving the metabolomics platform technologies (NMR, GC-, LC-MS) through electrophoresis, hyperspectral and chemical imaging. She also has a long-standing interest in the processing of electromyograms and other time-domain digital waveforms.

She currently works as a consultant for QIBExtra at Quadram Institute Bioscience, a subsidiary company of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich. Most recently, her research has focused the emerging technology of compact NMR spectroscopy, developing a variety of methods for biochemical analysis. This research is aligned primarily to industrial application, on which she collaborates closely with a range of commercial partners.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Award Date: 1 Dec 1998

Master of Physics, University of Oxford

External positions

Consultant, Quadram Institute Bioscience

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