Dr Katherine Dunn




+44(0)131 6504845


3.12 Mary Bruck

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Bioengineering

Research Theme: 

  • Bioengineering
Dr Katherine Dunn
Dr Katherine Dunn


After completing the four year MPhys course at Oxford and achieving a First, I stayed on to carry out research for my DPhil, initially in the field of Terahertz Spectroscopy. After 18 months I changed direction and started a new DPhil in Biological Physics, submitting my thesis entitled ‘DNA Origami Assembly’ a little under three years later. In 2014, I went to York to take up an appointment as a Research Associate in the Department of Electronic Engineering, working primarily on synthetic DNA nanomachines in the context of bioelectronic computing.

I joined the School of Engineering at Edinburgh as a Lecturer in 2017. I am affiliated with the discipline of Mechanical Engineering and I am a member of the Institute for Bioengineering, where I carry out research in the area of Synthetic Biology.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • DPhil in Condensed Matter Physics (Biological Physics), University of Oxford, 2014
  • Master of Physics, First Class, University of Oxford, 2009


I have been teaching subjects ranging from Nuclear Physics to Nanofabrication since 2010.

In 2017/18, I taught half of the fourth year Thermodynamics course that forms part of the Mechanical Engineering degree programme.

In academic year 2018/19, I am the course organizer for the brand new course in 'Bio-Inspired Engineering', as a result of having formally proposed its introduction a few months earlier. I am in charge of the laboratory and coursework for the second year thermodynamics course, and I also deliver some classes for second year Engineering Mathematics. I am responsible for arranging industrial visits to various company sites for all third year mechanical engineering students, and I mark the associated assignment, in which students analyse the companies and their business models. I am the 'personal tutor' for a number of first and second year students, providing guidance and pastoral support as required.

Research Interests: 

I am interested in re-engineering biological molecules or systems and using them for technological applications. For more information about my research, please click here.