Cait MacPhee is a Professor of Biological Physics at the University of Edinburgh. She was originally trained in the biomedical sciences in Australia, before realising her true vocation and gradually making her way across to physics.
She carried out a postdoc in Oxford and took up her first academic post in the Cavendish Lab in Cambridge before moving to Edinburgh in 2005. She has held a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship as well as a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Her interests are in understanding the self-assembly of biological molecules, both to increase our understanding of the limits of life and for the design or assembly of new materials.
Cait’s group is interdisciplinary, with people coming from a wide variety of backgrounds. Her broader interests include promoting the participation and retention of women in the sciences.