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Kathryn Proctor Instrument Specialist - Mass Spectrometry

Kathryn facilitates research by providing training and analytical support in advanced Mass Spectrometry (MS) techniques.


Kathryn supports a wide diversity of researchers, analysing compounds from small molecules and polymers, to synthetic peptides and intact proteins, by MS analysis and characterisation tools. The service she runs includes a comprehensive range of mass spec techniques, including GC-MS and ESI-(Q)-TOF MS. Additional responsibilities include bespoke method development and instrument configuration, scheduled maintenance, and general administration activities. Kathryn provides external consultation services through tailored analysis of by-products from industrial chemical processes, plant metabolite profiling, and identification of impurities and instability products in pharmaceutical formulations.


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Prior to her role in the Chemical Characterisation Facility, Kathryn was working as an analytical chemistry Research Associate at the University of Bath in the Environmental Chemistry and Public Health (EChPH) group under Prof Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern. Her work across various projects investigated environmental pollution in soil and wastewater, remediation techniques, and wastewater epidemiology. Kathryn focused on analysing small organic molecules e.g. pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, and pesticides in various environmental matrices using mass spectrometry.


Kathryn graduated from the University of Bath in 2014 with an MSc in Chemistry and began her PhD in EChPH group investigating the life cycle of biologically active compounds in a river catchment. She worked for several years on developing and applying methods for exposure and effects driven analysis (UPLC-MS/MS, toxicity assays) of chemicals of emerging concern in the environment, both in Bath and in Argentina as part of INTERWASTE (Synergising International Research Studies into the Environmental Fate and Behaviour of Toxic Organic Chemicals in the Waste Stream).